GroovyServlet on the OSGI

November 15th, 2009

After having static resources get served right with Jetty within an OSGI enviroment you may want to be able to use groovy and more specific some groovlets

More or less the problem is the one that has been described at a previous post. Once again all we have to do is give some more "space" to the groovy.servlet.GroovyServlet to look for our groovlets

The code

package com.valotas.osgi.jetty.servlet;

import java.util.logging.Level;
import java.util.logging.Logger;

import groovy.servlet.GroovyServlet;
import groovy.util.ResourceException;

public class OsgiGroovyServlet extends GroovyServlet {
  private static final long serialVersionUID = 4017944232557220667L;
  private static final Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(OsgiGroovyServlet.class.getName());
  private static final String resourcesPrefix = "/webapp";

  public URLConnection getResourceConnection(String path) throws ResourceException {
    if (logger.isLoggable(Level.FINER)) logger.log(Level.FINER, String.format("Trying to serve resource %s", path));
    try {
      return super.getResourceConnection(path);
    catch (ResourceException e) {
      return getResourceConnectionFromOSGI(path);

  private URLConnection getResourceConnectionFromOSGI(String path) throws ResourceException {
    String actualpath = path;
    if (!actualpath.startsWith(resourcesPrefix)) {
      actualpath = resourcesPrefix + path;

    if (logger.isLoggable(Level.FINER)) logger.log(Level.FINER, String.format("Trying to serve resourse %s (%s) from our osgi container", actualpath, path));

    try {
      return this.getClass().getResource(actualpath).openConnection();
    catch (Exception e) {
      throw new ResourceException(String.format("Script %s couldn't be found", path), e);

So all we do is to extend the GroovyServlet and override it's getResourceConnection in such a way that it will do a final try to find the groovlet from within the osgi bundle. That is what we implement with the getResourceConnectionFromOsgi method.

Caution: We assume that we pack all our resources and so our groovlets with in the webapp directory witch we provide with the resourcesPrefix variable. Of course we could change the servlet to get it's value with a servlet init parameter. v3.6.2 © Georgios Valotasios - CSS inspired by Adam Wathan's blog