How do I forward to other page using <jsp:forward>?

The <jsp:forward/> tag forward user request to other page. For example, a user request page1.jsp and in this page the server found a <jsp:forward page="page2.jsp"/>. The server immediately stop the processing of page1.jsp and jump to the page2.jsp.

Let see an example of using <jsp:forward/> tag.

page1.jsp

<%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8" %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <title>Page 1</title>
</head>
<body>
<strong>This is page 1</strong>

<jsp:forward page="page2.jsp"/>
</body>
</html>

page2.jsp

<%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8" %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <title>Page 2</title>
</head>
<body>
<strong>This is page 2</strong>
</body>
</html>

When you try to run the example above by accessing the URL http://localhost:8080/forward/page1.jsp` you are going to see the content ofpage2.jspinstead ofpage1.jsp. It's happen because on the server sidepage1.jspforward your request to thepage2.jsp. But if you look at your browser URL address it will still point topage1.jsp`.

Here is the directory structure of our example:

.
├─ pom.xml
└─ src
   └─ main
      └─ webapp
         └─ forward
            └─ page1.jsp
            └─ page2.jsp

Maven Dependencies

<!--https://search.maven.org/remotecontent?filepath=javax/servlet/jstl/1.2/jstl-1.2.jar-->
<dependency>
  <groupId>javax.servlet</groupId>
  <artifactId>jstl</artifactId>
  <version>1.2</version>
</dependency>

Maven Central

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