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The service cannot be found for the endpoint reference (EPR)

John Smith
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Joined: Aug 21, 2004
Posts: 48
Hi All:

I need help!!!

I am using axis2-1.5.1, jdk 1.6, eclipse 3.5, and Axis2_Codegen_Wizard_1.3.0 and windows xp.
I used Axis2_Codegen_Wizard_1.3.0 to generate the client stub and proxy.
I get the following error when I tried to call the web service:


import java.rmi.RemoteException;

public class SimpleClient
public static void main(String[] args) throws RemoteException
SimpleServiceStub service = new SimpleServiceStub();
ConcatRequest request = new ConcatRequest();
ConcatResponse response = service.concat(request);
catch(Exception e)


Here is my SimpleService.wsdl:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<wsdl:definitions name="SimpleService" targetNamespace="" xmlns:wsdl="" xmlns:tns="" xmlns:xsd="" xmlns:soap="">
<xsd:schema targetNamespace="">
<xsd:element name="concatRequest">
<xsd:element name="s1" type="xsd:string"/>
<xsd:element name="s2" type="xsd:string"/>
<xsd:element name="concatResponse" type="xsd:string">

<wsdl:message name="concatResponse">
<wsdl:part name="parameters" element="tns:concatResponse">
<wsdl:message name="concatRequest">
<wsdl:part name="parameters" element="tns:concatRequest">
<wsdl:portType name="SimpleService">
<wsdlperation name="concat">
<wsdl:input message="tns:concatRequest">
<wsdlutput message="tns:concatResponse">
<wsdl:binding name="SimpleServiceSOAP" type="tns:SimpleService">
<soap:binding style="document" transport=""/>
<wsdlperation name="concat">
<soapperation soapAction=""/>
<soap:body use="literal"/>
<soap:body use="literal"/>
<wsdl:service name="SimpleService">
<wsdl:port name="SimpleServiceSOAP" binding="tns:SimpleServiceSOAP">
<soap:address location="http://localhost:8080/axis2/services/"/>

In the dos-prompt, I get the following error message:
[INFO] Listening on port 8080
[ERROR] The service cannot be found for the endpoint reference (EPR)
org.apache.axis2.AxisFault: The service cannot be found for the endpoint referen
ce (EPR)
at org.apache.axis2.engine.DispatchPhase.checkPostConditions(DispatchPha
at org.apache.axis2.engine.Phase.invoke(
at org.apache.axis2.engine.AxisEngine.invoke(
at org.apache.axis2.engine.AxisEngine.receive(
at org.apache.axis2.transport.http.HTTPTransportUtils.processHTTPPostReq
at org.apache.axis2.transport.http.HTTPWorker.service(
at org.apache.axis2.transport.http.server.AxisHttpService.doService(Axis
at org.apache.axis2.transport.http.server.AxisHttpService.handleRequest(
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.runTask(ThreadPoolExec
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$

Thank you for your help!!!


shivendra tripathi
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Joined: Aug 26, 2008
Posts: 263
[ERROR] The service cannot be found for the endpoint reference (EPR)

Says your endpoint url is not correct. It should be something like

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Carlo LF

Joined: Jan 28, 2009
Posts: 3
I had this problem too with my Axis2 webservices (reported by a BizTalk client). I heavily googled this and didn't find a solution.

Then we saw the strange thing, that the Axis2 generated WSDL (which was the basic information for the BizTalk client), listed a wrong port for the endpoint at element "soap:address location=...". It listed a port, that was used by another Tomcat instance on the same machine, whereas the Axis2 Tomcat was configured (in server.xml) on another port. Then the cause of the problem was clear: the configuration file "axis2.xml" (from axis2/WEB-INF/conf) contained the default ports. So all we had to do was to correctly configure these.

Oleg GoodBoy

Joined: Apr 04, 2011
Posts: 1
Your endpoint must be like: http://localhost:8080/axis2/services/SimpleService
At the end of the EPR you must add service's name (SimpleService - for example)!
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