Display Current Date on JSF Page


Is it possible to display the current date (today's) in JSF without using a backing bean?

I have the following code snippet , but it didn't work out.

<div class="leftSide">Today's date #{currentDate}</div>


<f:facet name="header">  
<h:outputText value="Today's date" />  
<h:outputText value="#currentDate">
    <f:convertDateTime pattern="MM/dd/yyyy" type="date" />

Best Solution

You could register an instance of java.util.Date as a request scoped bean in faces-config.xml.


This way it's available as #{currentDate} without the need for a custom backing bean class.

Update: the JSF utility library OmniFaces has such a bean already registered as #{now}. So if you happen to use OmniFaces already, you can just make use of it directly.

<h:outputText value="#{now}">
    <f:convertDateTime pattern="MM/dd/yyyy" type="date" />
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