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Load a properties file in application context

Pranav Nakate

Joined: Aug 29, 2011
Posts: 9

I am pretty new to Spring MVC. my problem goes as below.
i am using conventional directory strucure i.e. separate folder for properties,css,js under WEB-INF.
i have my servletname-servlet.xml and applicationContext.xml under WEB-INF

I have a home page where i show several links, which are stored in a properties file. this is loaded as below from my *-servlet.xml

this will load all the properties from startup.properties in servlet context, if my understanding is right...

in my controller i do get all the links from 'startup.properties', pull a particular link using EL and @Value annotation, store it in session and then display on my home page...works fine...but this involves a lot of tasks like pulling tht particular link from the servlet-context and storing in the session.

for eg. i store the page header in this property file,i retrieve it as

then i store it in my session and then display on my header using EL...

do i have to do this always? would loading the startup.properties in applicationContext.xml do the trick of making it available to JSP directly? [ BTW , i tried this , but doesn't even retrieve in any of my controllers when @Value is used with EL as above]

Is there a way that i load the property file in application context rather than servlet context and display a particular property directly on a JSP using EL??

i hope i am clear enough...i don't want to meddle with session or anything...just configure my property file like above in say applicationContext and use EL to display a property on the JSP....

thanks in advance for the help.

PS -- even properties loaded in *-servlet.xml can't be displayed directly on a JSP...is there a way to do that either ??
Bill Gorder

Joined: Mar 07, 2010
Posts: 1648

What you are actually are looking for is ResourceBundleMessageSource see the reference documentation for it here:

To access it in the JSP use the Spring message tag. See the reference documentation here:

Simple example below:

In your messages.properties file

And access it in your JSP using the Message tag.

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Pranav Nakate

Joined: Aug 29, 2011
Posts: 9
Thanks a ton Bill...!!!

That was real help...

PS -- i just tried this ...giving me following error...

my applicationContext.xml has below code --

the applicationContext.xml is directly below WEB-INF and the 'pageResources.properties' that is configured above is in 'properties' folder which is directly under 'WebContent' in my eclipse....

how do i get rid of the exception???
Pranav Nakate

Joined: Aug 29, 2011
Posts: 9
Solved the problem of the exception :: configured 'ReloadableResourceBundleMessageSource' instead of 'ResourceBundleMessageSource' in applicationContext.xml, as given in the link in Bill's post!

I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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