JSF 2.2 Basic Ajax Feature Example explained

Project Environment

  • Java JDK 1.7
  • JSF 2.2.8-02
  • Servlet Spec. 3.1.0
  • Apache Tomcat 8.0.15
  • Maven 3.2.3

JSF 2.2 AJAX View

We are explicitly including the JSF JavaScript library which is not necessary if you specify the <h:head><h:head> element in your page this library will automatically be included in the page. I just put it there because then I can tell JSF where to put the JavaScript File. with target=”body” I tell JSF to put the JavaScript file at the bottom so there is no blocking resource above the fold.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
    <h:outputScript library="javax.faces" name="jsf.js" target="body" />

    <h1>JSF 2.x basic ajax example</h1>

        <h:outputLabel value="Show a message using ajax: ">
            <h:inputText id="message" value="#{messageBean.message}"/>

        <h:commandButton value="Show Message">
            <f:ajax execute="message" render="output" />

    <p><h:outputText id="output" value="#{messageBean.message}" /></p>


In this example we use ajax to submit the form to the server and re-render only a port of the screen. In this case only output will be re-rendered.

<h:commandButton value="Show Message">
    <f:ajax execute="message" render="output" />

The execute attribute of the <f:ajax/> element indicates that only the elements specified here are submitted to the server. In our case only “message” will be submitted to the server for processing.

<h:outputText id="output" value="#{messageBean.message}" />
The render attribute of the <f:ajax/> element will refresh the component with an id of “output” if the ajax request is finished.

Managed Bean

We have a simple managed bean which holds a message to be displayed on the page.

package com.memorynotfound.jsf;

import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;
import javax.faces.bean.RequestScoped;

public class MessageBean {

    private String message;

    public String getMessage() {
        return message;

    public void setMessage(String message) {
        this.message = message;


URL : http://localhost:8080/jsf-basic/JSF 2.2 Basic AJAX Example

We submit a value to the server using the command button which is configured with the <f:ajax/> tag. This will send a partial form submission to the server for processing.

JSF 2.2 Basic AJAX Example

When the user presses the “Show Message” button the form is submitted to the server and the “output” is refreshed with the submitted value.


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  • ahmed ezz

    Hi this line will give an exception:

    Exception :
    javax.faces.FacesException: contains an unknown id ‘output’
    – cannot locate it in the context of the component j_idt8

    in JSF 2.0 and above tag required the “render” output within the same form level, so you should put inside the scope of