Getting Started with Java Server Pages (JSP)


JavaServer Pages (JSP) is a technology for building dynamic web pages in Java. It allows developers to embed Java code, usually written as servlets, into HTML pages. JSP pages are compiled into servlets, which are executed by the web server to generate dynamic content. This guide will walk you through the basics of JSP and how to create dynamic web pages using Java.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) installed on your machine.
  • A Java Servlet container or application server, such as Apache Tomcat. You can download and install Tomcat from its official website.
  • An integrated development environment (IDE) for Java, such as Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA (optional but recommended).

Creating Your First JSP Page

Let's create a simple "Hello, JSP!" page to get started. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Create a JSP File

Create a new file with a .jsp extension, for example, "hello.jsp." You can create this file in your web application's directory. In the JSP file, you can mix HTML and Java code.

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8" pageEncoding="UTF-8"%>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>Hello JSP</title>
<h1>Hello, JSP!</h1>
<p>Current date and time: <%= new java.util.Date() %></p>

Step 2: Deploy the JSP Page

Deploy the JSP page by placing it in your web application's directory. If you are using Apache Tomcat, you can place the JSP file in the "webapps/your-web-app" directory.

Step 3: Access the JSP Page

You can access the JSP page through your web browser using the URL:


Replace "your-web-app" with the actual context path of your web application.

How JSP Works

JSP pages are processed by the web server and converted into servlets. The Java code within JSP pages is executed when the page is requested, and the dynamic content is generated. In the example above, we used the `<%= ... %>` syntax to embed Java code within the HTML to display the current date and time.


You've learned the basics of Java Server Pages (JSP) and how to create a simple dynamic web page. JSP is a powerful technology for building web applications, allowing you to mix Java code with HTML for dynamic content generation. As you delve deeper into web development, you can explore more advanced features and use JSP in conjunction with Java servlets to build robust web applications.