Adding to the web.xml with Ext Plugins

A supported use case for using Ext Plugins in Liferay DXP is adding additional functionality to its web.xml file. Before beginning, make sure you’ve reviewed the generalized Customization with Ext Plugins section.

As an example, you’ll create a sample Ext plugin that adds to your Liferay DXP’s existing web.xml file (e.g., in the /tomcat-[version]/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF folder). You’ll add a new printout in the console during startup.

  1. Navigate to your Liferay Workspace’s root folder and run the following command:

    blade create -t war-core-ext add-printout

    Your Ext plugin is generated and now resides in the workspace’s /ext folder with the name you assigned.

  2. For your Liferay DXP installation to recognize new functionality in the web.xml, you must create a class that implements the ServletContextListener interface. This class will initialize a servlet context event for which you’ll add your new functionality. In the extImpl/java folder, create the folder structure representing the package name you want your new class to reside in (e.g., com/liferay/portal/servlet/context). Then create your new Java class:

    package com.liferay.portal.servlet.context;
    import javax.servlet.ServletContextEvent;
    import javax.servlet.ServletContextListener;
    public class ExtAddEntryWebXmlPortalContextLoaderListener
            implements ServletContextListener {
        public void contextDestroyed(ServletContextEvent servletContextEvent) {
        public void contextInitialized(ServletContextEvent servletContextEvent) {

    The above class includes two methods that initialize and destroy your servlet context event. Be sure to add the new web.xml’s functionality when the portal context is initializing. To add a printout verifying the Ext plugins installation, a simple print statement was defined in the contextInitialized(...) method:

  3. Now that you’ve defined a servlet context event, you should add a listener to your web.xml that listens for it. In the ext-web/docroot/WEB-INF folder, open the web.xml file, which was generated for you by default.

  4. Add the following tag between the tags:


Excellent! Now when your Ext plugin is deployed, your Liferay DXP installation will create a ServletContextListener instance, which will initialize a custom servlet context event. This event will be recognized by the web.xml file, which will add the new functionality to your Liferay DXP installation. Follow the instructions in the Deploy the Plugin article for help deploying the Ext plugin to your server.

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