Servlet 3.x with Spring Framework

This example shows you how to configure Wicket to run without any XML definitions. It requires to use the Servlet 3.x API and a container which is able to load the web component definitions via annotations defined within this standard.

Creating the web components

First you have to configure the filter which was done within the web.xml in previous versions of the Servlet specification. All initialization parameters are configured also via annotations. The Application class is defined in the init param with the name applicationClassName.

import javax.servlet.annotation.WebFilter;
import javax.servlet.annotation.WebInitParam;
import org.apache.wicket.protocol.http.WicketFilter;

@WebFilter(value = "/*", initParams = {
		@WebInitParam(name = "applicationClassName",
		value = ""),
		@WebInitParam(name = "configuration", value = "development") })
public class MyFilter extends WicketFilter {}

Another important class is the ContextLoaderListener which in our case is going to initialize the Spring Framework’s context and effects a package scan for Spring components. Usually those Spring components are initialized with specific annotations like @Component or @Service for example. You have to place them into the scanned package or in sub packages. ( in this case)

import javax.servlet.annotation.WebListener;
import org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoaderListener;
import org.springframework.web.context.WebApplicationContext;

public class MyContextLoaderListener extends ContextLoaderListener {

  public MyContextLoaderListener() {

  private static WebApplicationContext getWebApplicationContext() {
    AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext context
    	= new AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext();
    return context;

To configure Spring Framework to recognize the request context a RequestContextListener needs to be defined. This listener enables the web project to use beans with a scope. So if you want a bean to remain in the session as long as the user is surfing on your web page you can do this by adding the annotation @SessionScope together with @Component.

import javax.servlet.annotation.WebListener;
import org.springframework.web.context.request.RequestContextListener;

public class MyRequestContextListener extends RequestContextListener{}

This is a small example of a session scoped bean within the “” package. It can be autowired by using the @SpringBean annotation in any wicket component like a WebPage or a Panel.

import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpSession;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;
import org.springframework.web.context.annotation.SessionScope;

public class MySessionBean {
  private HttpSession httpSession;

  public void postConstruct() {
    // do something after the bean has been constructed

  public HttpSession getHttpSession() {
    return httpSession;

Here you can see the autowiring in the component class:

import org.apache.wicket.spring.injection.annot.SpringBean;
import org.apache.wicket.markup.html.WebPage;

public class HelloWorld extends WebPage {

  private MySessionBean mySessionBean;

  public HomePage() {
    // do something

Creating the web application class

Within our application class it is required to hand over the Spring’s application context to the SpringComponentInjector so that beans are also injected into Wicket components. If you are interested in how to implement the home page and the corresponding HTML markup have a look at the corresponding example: Hello World!

import org.apache.wicket.Page;
import org.apache.wicket.protocol.http.WebApplication;
import org.apache.wicket.spring.injection.annot.SpringComponentInjector;

public class MyApplication extends WebApplication {

  public Class<? extends Page> getHomePage() {
    return HelloWorld.class;

  protected void init() {
    getComponentInstantiationListeners().add(new SpringComponentInjector(this,


Since Servlet 3.x and the corresponding changes within the Spring Framework to configure web applications without any XML definitions it is easily possible to increase the maintainability, because every configuration is covered by the java compiler. Also you don’t have to switch between various different initialization representations. Required artifacts are: spring-web (required: >4.0), wicket-spring (recommend: >7.6.0), wicket-core (recommend: >7.6.0), javax.servlet-api (required: >3.x)