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This tutorial describes the usage of Maven for building Java applications.

1. What is Jetty?

Jetty is a web container. It has the following core components.

  • Http Server

  • Servlet Container

  • HTTP Client

The current version of Jetty is Jetty 9 which supports the Servlet API 3.1.

[[installation_jetty] == Installation

Download Jetty from http://download.eclipse.org/jetty/ and extract the zip file somewhere to your filesystem.

This update site contains also a Eclipse p2 update site, in case you want to use Jetty in an OSGi environment.

2. Start Jetty from the JAR file

To start Jetty, switch on the command line to the installation directory and issue the following command.

java -jar start.jar

This starts Jetty on


To stop Jetty press Ctrl+C.

3. Using the HttpClient

The following code show a few examples of using the HttpClient of Jetty.

// Get a Client
HttpClient httpClient = new HttpClient();

// Start server

// do a get request
ContentResponse response = httpClient

// Issue a post request
ContentResponse response = httpClient
.param("p", "value")
.get(5, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

4. Embedding Jetty in an Eclipse RCP application

Use Jetty in an Eclipse RCP application, add all Jetty plug-ins and the javax.servlet plug-in as dependency to the MANIFEST.MF and the product.


5. About this website

6. Jetty resources

6.1. vogella GmbH training and consulting support


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The vogella company offers expert consulting services, development support and coaching. Our customers range from Fortune 100 corporations to individual developers.

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