Introduction to Servlet Request

True job of a Servlet is to handle client request. Servlet API provides two important interfaces javax.servlet.ServletRequest and javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest to encapsulate client request. Implementation of these interfaces provide important information about client request to a servlet.

Some Important Methods of ServletRequest

Object getAttribute(String name)return attribute set on request object by name
Enumeration getAttributeName() return an Enumeration containing the names of the attributes available inthis request
int getContentLength()return size of request body
int getContentType()return media type of request content
ServletInputStream getInputStream()returns a input stream for reading binary data
String getParameter(String name)returns value of parameter by name
String getLocalAddr()returns the Internet Protocol(IP) address of the interface on which the request was received
Enumeration getParameterNames()returns an enumeration of all parameter names
String[] getParameterValues(String name) returns an array of String objects containing all of the values the given request parameter has, or null if the parameter does not exist
ServletContext getServletContext()return the servlet context of current request.
String getServerName()returns the host name of the server to which the request was sent
int getServerPort()returns the port number to which the request was sent
boolean isSecure()returns a boolean indicating whether this request was made using a secure channel, such as HTTPS.
void removeAttribute(String name)removes an attribute from this request
void setAttribute(String name, Object o)stores an attribute in this request.

HttpServletRequest interface

HttpServletRequest interface adds the methods that relates to the HTTP protocol.

servlet request

Some important methods of HttpServletRequest

String getContextPath()returns the portion of the request URI that indicates the context of the request
Cookies getCookies()returns an array containing all of the Cookie objects the client sent with this request
String getQueryString()returns the query string that is contained in the request URL after the path
HttpSession getSession()returns the current HttpSession associated with this request or, if there is no current session and create is true, returns a new session
String getMethod()Returns the name of the HTTP method with which this request was made, for example, GET, POST, or PUT.
Part getPart(String name)gets the Part with the given name
String getPathInfo()returns any extra path information associated with the URL the client sent when it made this request.
String getServletPath()returns the part of this request's URL that calls the servlet

Example demonstrating Servlet Request

In this example, we will show how a parameter is passed to a Servlet in a request object from HTML page.


<form method="post" action="check">
Name <input type="text" name="user" >
<input type="submit" value="submit">



import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;

public class MyServlet extends HttpServlet {

  protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
            throws ServletException, IOException {
        PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();
        try {
            String user=request.getParameter("user");
            out.println("<h2> Welcome "+user+"</h2>");
        } finally {            

Output :

servlet request example output

servlet request example output