By default, Tomcat prevents webapps from loading several .jars which are part of the Tomcat distribution (eg the servlet and JSP APIs) - is it possible to configure others to also be excluded?

If it can't be done with configuration alone, does Tomcat provide any extension points for resource validation?

I want to use shared logging libraries, and need to make sure that an errant app doesn't clobber the configuration.


This is what I'm referring to (from Tomcat startup log):

Oct 1, 2011 5:53:40 AM org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader validateJarFile
INFO: validateJarFile(D:\tomcat\myapp\WEB-INF\lib\servlet-api.jar) - jar not loaded.
See Servlet Spec 2.3, section 9.7.2.
Offending class: javax/servlet/Servlet.class
  • I do not think tomcat Exclude any thing as such just a matter of classloading sequence which jar comes first in classpath . You are may be after this .stackoverflow.com/questions/267953/managing-libraries-in-tomcat
    – Shahzeb
    Commented Oct 1, 2011 at 9:49
  • @Shahzeb: I added an example. This isn't really about how the different classloaders interact - I want to be able to validate the resources that webapps try to load.
    – Dmitri
    Commented Oct 1, 2011 at 10:02

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You check/filter what web apps load using a custom loader extending from org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader as mentioned in the Tomcat documentation.

Check out Tomcat's implementation (7.0.19) of the standard WebAppClassLoader that implements the filtering of javax.servlet.Servlet to get started. It's probably enough to override that class and just put some more entries into the protected String[] fields triggers and packageTriggers.

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    Of course, your custom WebappClassLoader should go into its own JAR in TOMCAT_HOME/lib away from your web apps, just to state the obvious :) Commented Oct 1, 2011 at 10:33

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