How do I get web application context path in JSP?

This example show you how to obtain web application context path in JSP using Expression Language (EL) feature of JSP. To get the context path we can utilize the pageContext, it is an implicit object that available on every JSP pages. From this object you can get access to various object such as:

  • servletContext
  • session
  • request
  • response

To get the context path value you will need to read it from the request.contextPath object. This contextPath can be useful for constructing a path to you web resources such as CSS, JavaScript and images. Libraries that you’ll need to enable the JSP Expression Language (EL) in your JSP Pages, which usually already included in a Servlet container such as Apache Tomcat.

Here is our context-path.jsp file.

<%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8" %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <title>JSP - Context Path</title>
</head>

<body>
Web Application Context Path = ${pageContext.request.contextPath}
</body>
</html>

Maven dependencies

<!--https://search.maven.org/remotecontent?filepath=javax/servlet/javax.servlet-api/4.0.1/javax.servlet-api-4.0.1.jar-->
<dependency>
    <groupId>javax.servlet</groupId>
    <artifactId>javax.servlet-api</artifactId>
    <version>4.0.1</version>
</dependency>

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