Set servlet filters for form login processing

IBM Rational Application Developer or an assembly tool can configure the servlet filters. Two steps are involved in configuring a servlet filter.


  1. Name the servlet filter and assign the corresponding implementation class to the servlet filter.

    Optionally, assign initialization parameters that get passed to the init method of the servlet filter. After configuring the servlet filter, the web.xml application deployment descriptor contains a servlet filter configuration similar to the following example:

    <filter id="Filter_1">
          <description>Performs pre-login and post-login 
    // optional

  2. Map the servlet filter to a URL or a servlet.

    After mapping the servlet filter to a URL or a servlet, theweb.xml application deployment descriptor contains servlet mapping similar to the following example:

    // can be servlet <servlet>servletName</servlet>



Use servlet filters to replace the CustomLoginServlet servlet, and to perform additional authentication, auditing, and logging. The WAS Samples Gallery provides a form login sample that demonstrates how to use the WAS login facilities to implement and configure form login procedures. The sample integrates the following technologies to demonstrate the WAS and Java EE login functionality:

The form login sample is part of the Technology Samples package.

See on how to access the form login sample, see Accessing the Samples (Samples Gallery).

Accessing the Samples (Samples Gallery)


Related tasks

Migrate from the CustomLoginServlet class to servlet filters
Develop servlet filters for form login processing
Secure Web apps using an assembly tool



Example: Using servlet filters to perform pre-login and post-login processing during form login