How to set and get properties of a bean in JSP?

In this example you will learn how to set and get the value of Java object properties that you define in a JSP pages. For this example, let’s first start by creating a variable that we named customer, that will have a type of Customer class. To create this variable we use the <jsp:useBean> action.

After we create the customer variable we can set the property value of the customer bean using the <jsp:setProperty> action. And to get the property value of the customer bean we use the <jsp:getProperty> action.

The name attribute in the setProperty and getProperty action refer to our customer bean. The property attribute tells which property we are going to set or get. To set the value of a property we use the value attribute.

<%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8" language="java" %>
    <title>JSP - Bean Property Demo</title>

<jsp:useBean id="customer" class="org.kodejava.example.bean.Customer"/>
<jsp:setProperty name="customer" property="id" value="1"/>
<jsp:setProperty name="customer" property="firstName" value="John"/>
<jsp:setProperty name="customer" property="lastName" value="Doe"/>
<jsp:setProperty name="customer" property="address" value="Sunset Road"/>

Customer Information: <%= customer.toString() %><br/>
Customer Name: <jsp:getProperty name="customer" property="firstName"/>
<jsp:getProperty name="customer" property="lastName"/>


And here is the code for our Customer bean. This bean contains property such as the id, firstName, lastName and address.

package org.kodejava.example.bean;

public class Customer {
    private int id;
    private String firstName;
    private String lastName;
    private String address;

    public Customer() {

    public int getId() {
        return id;

    public void setId(int id) { = id;

    public String getFirstName() {
        return firstName;

    public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
        this.firstName = firstName;

    public String getLastName() {
        return lastName;

    public void setLastName(String lastName) {
        this.lastName = lastName;

    public String getAddress() {
        return address;

    public void setAddress(String address) {
        this.address = address;

    public String toString() {
        return "Customer{" +
                "id=" + id +
                ", firstName='" + firstName + ''' +
                ", lastName='" + lastName + ''' +
                ", address='" + address + ''' +

We we access the JSP page we will see the following output:

Customer Information: Customer{id=1, firstName='John', lastName='Doe', address='Sunset Road'}
Customer Name: John Doe
JSP Bean Property Demo

JSP Bean Property Demo

How do I get Java Home directory?

To get Java Home directory we can obtain it from system properties using the java.home key.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class JavaHomeDirectory {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String javaHome = System.getProperty("java.home");
        System.out.println("JAVA HOME = " + javaHome);

On my computer this code give me the following output:

JAVA HOME = /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_121.jdk/Contents/Home/jre

How do I get the username of operating system active user?

This example show you how to get operating system active user’s login name. We can obtain the username of current user by reading system properties using the key.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class GettingUserName {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String username = System.getProperty("");
        System.out.println("username = " + username);

How do I clear system property?

System.clearProperty(String key) method enables you to remove a system property. The key must not be an empty string or a null value because it will cause the method to throw an IllegalArgumentException or a NullPointerException.

It will also check if a SecurityManager exists and if you don’t have a write permission to the system property a SecurityException is going to be thrown.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class ClearProperty {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String key = "user.dir";
        System.out.println(key + " = " + System.getProperty(key));

        // The System.clearProperty() method available in Java 1.5
        System.out.println(key + " = " + System.getProperty(key));

The code snippet above give us the following output:

user.dir = /Users/wsaryada/kodejava/src/kodejava-project
user.dir = null

How do I get file separator symbol?

Creating a program to be run on more than one platform such as Windows and Linux our program need to understand the difference between both platform. The simplest thing for instance is the file separator. Windows use "\" (back slash) while Linux use "/" (forward slash).

To avoid manual checking for the operating system we can get the file separator symbol from the system property using the file.separator key.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class FileSeparatorExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // file.separator system property return the correct file 
        // separator for each different platform (Windows = \), 
        // (Linux = /)
        String dataFolder = System.getProperty("user.dir") +
            System.getProperty("file.separator") + "data";

        System.out.println("Data Folder = " + dataFolder);

How do I read system property as an integer?

The Integer.getInteger() methods allows us to easily read system property and convert in directly to Integer object. This method call the System.getProperty() method and then convert it to integer by calling the Integer.decode() method.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class IntegerProperty {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Add properties to the system. In this example we create a
        // dummy major and minor version for our application.
        System.setProperty("app.major.version", "1");
        System.setProperty("app.minor.version", "19");

        // In the code below we use the Integer.getInteger() method to
        // read our application version from the value specified in the
        // system properties.
        Integer major = Integer.getInteger("app.major.version");
        Integer minor = Integer.getInteger("app.minor.version");
        System.out.println("App version = " + major + "." + minor);

How can I get current working directory?

A system properties named user.dir can be used if you want to find the current working directory of your Java program.


public class CurrentDirectoryExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // System property key to get current working directory.
        String USER_DIR_KEY = "user.dir";
        String currentDir = System.getProperty(USER_DIR_KEY);

        System.out.println("Working Directory: " + currentDir);

Result example:

Working Directory: C:\Users\kodejava\Documents\Projects\kodejava.project

How do I get user home directory name?

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class UserHomeExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // This is the key that we used to obtain user home directory
        // in the operating system
        String userHome = "user.home";

        // We get the path by getting the system property with the 
        // defined key above.
        String path = System.getProperty(userHome);

        // We print your home path here
        System.out.println("Your Home Path: " + path);

On my machine it print something like:

Your Home Path: C:\Users\wsaryada


Your Home Path: /Users/wsaryada

How do I get operating system name and version?

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class OperatingSystemInfo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // The key for getting operating system name
        String name = "";
        // The key for getting operating system version
        String version = "os.version";
        // The key for getting operating system architecture
        String architecture = "os.arch";

        System.out.println("Name   : " + System.getProperty(name));
        System.out.println("Version: " + System.getProperty(version));
        System.out.println("Arch   : " + System.getProperty(architecture));

Below is the example result of our program, of course it could be different from what you’ll see in your machine because it depends on the operating system that you use.

Name   : Windows XP
Version: 5.1
Arch   : x86


Name   : Mac OS X
Version: 10.12.6
Arch   : x86_64

How do I get operating system temporary directory / folder?

To get the location of temporary directory we can use the System.getProperty(String) method and pass a property key "" as the argument to the method.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class TempDirExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // This is the property name for accessing OS temporary directory
        // or folder.
        String property = "";

        // Get the temporary directory and print it.
        String tempDir = System.getProperty(property);
        System.out.println("OS temporary directory is " + tempDir);