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Using Embedded Jetty with a Spring web application

Running a Java web application (that would normally run in a servlet container) using embedded Jetty is pretty useful because it means you can run it in a debugger with hot code replace without needing a special app server launcher.

To do this, I downloaded Jetty and included the jars as described in this document in my classpath:


Then I followed the instructions here that Sanjiv Jivan had wrote up, making modifications that were specific for my environment:


I have a class that looks like this:

import org.springframework.context.support.FileSystemXmlApplicationContext;

public class JettyLauncher {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
    	new FileSystemXmlApplicationContext("path/to/jetty.xml");

I launch that class inside of Eclipse in debug mode using a saved debug/run configuration that includes the Jetty jar files (but I don’t have those jars in the main project classpath).

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