Update a file through programming

You can update a file for an existing application through the administrative console, the wsadmin tool, or programming. This example describes how to update a file through programming.


Before you begin

This task assumes a basic familiarity with MBean programming. For information on MBean programming see MBean Java application programming interface (API) documentation.

Before one can update a file for an application on WebSphere Application Server, first install the application.



Perform the following tasks to update a file through programming.



  1. Connect to WebSphere Application Server.

  2. Create the application management proxy.

  3. Create the notification filter for listening to events.

  4. Add the listener.

  5. Update the file in the application.

  6. Wait for some timeout so that the program does not end.

  7. Listen to Java Management Extensions (JMX) notifications to understand completion of the operation.

  8. When the installation is done, remove the listener and quit.



After you successfully run the code, the file is updated for the application.



The following example shows how to add a file to an application based on the previous steps. Some statements are split on multiple lines for printing purposes.

//fileContents specifies the name of the file that you add to the application.
//appName specifies the name of the application.
//fileURI specifies a URI that gives the target location of the file. The URI 
// provides the location of the new module after installation. The URI is 
// relative to the application URL.

String fileContents = "C:/apps/test.jsp";
String appName = "MyApp";
String fileURI = "SomeWebMod.war/com/foo/abc.jsp";

//Get the administrative client to connect to 
//WebSphere Application Server.
AdminClient client = ...;

//Create the application management proxy.
AppManagement proxy = AppManagementProxy. getJMXProxyForClient (client);

//Create the notification filter.
  NotificationFilterSupport myFilter = new NotificationFilterSupport();
  myFilter.enableType (NotificationConstants.TYPE_APPMANAGEMENT);
  //Add the listener.
  NotificationListener listener = new AListener(_soapClient, myFilter, 
"Install: " + appName, AppNotification.UPDATE);

Hashtable options = new Hashtable();
options.put (AppConstants.APPDEPL_LOCALE, Locale.getDefault());

proxy.updateApplication (  appName, 

// Wait; the installation application programming interface (API) is 
//  asynchronous and so returns immediately. 
// If the program does not wait here, the program ends.
  Thread.sleep(300000); // Wait so that the program does not end.
        catch (Exception e) {


// Specify the Java Management Extensions (JMX) notification listener for JMX events.
class AListener implements NotificationListener
    AdminClient _soapClient;
    NotificationFilterSupport  myFilter;
    Object handback;
    ObjectName on;
    String eventTypeToCheck;

    public AListener(AdminClient cl, NotificationFilterSupport fl, 
Object h, String eType) throws Exception
        _soapClient = cl;
        myFilter = fl;
        handback = h;
        eventTypeToCheck = eType;

        Iterator iter = _soapClient.queryNames (new ObjectName(
"WebSphere:type=AppManagement,*"), null).iterator();
        on = (ObjectName)iter.next();
        System.out.println ("ObjectName: " + on);
        _soapClient.addNotificationListener (on, this, myFilter, handback);

    public void handleNotification (Notification notf, Object handback)
            AppNotification ev = (AppNotification) notf.getUserData();
            System.out.println ("!! JMX event Recd: (handback obj= " + handback+ "): " + ev);

            //When the installation is done, remove the listener and quit.

            if (ev.taskName.equals (eventTypeToCheck) &&
                (ev.taskStatus.equals (AppNotification.STATUS_COMPLETED) ||
                 ev.taskStatus.equals (AppNotification.STATUS_FAILED)))
                            _soapClient.removeNotificationListener (on, this);
            catch (Throwable th)
                        System.out.println ("Error removing listener: " + th);
                    System.exit (0);


Related Tasks

Installing an application through programming
Uninstalling an application through programming
Updating an application through programming
Adding to, updating, or deleting part of an application through programming
Preparing a module and adding it to an existing application through programming
Preparing and updating a module through programming
Delete a module through programming
Adding a file through programming
Delete a file through programming




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