Java – Eclipse JSP preview


Is there an Eclipse plugin or feature that allows previewing of JSP files? Ideally such a feature would be aware of Spring tags. It's a major pain to edit the JSP in Eclipse, then build and deploy to see the results.

Best Solution

I haven't seen any good plugin which will satisfy your requirement.

As an alternative you can put the jetty server's jar to your class path (I am using jetty-6.1.5.jar and jetty-util-6.1.5.jar) and write a class like the following.

package net.eduportal.jetty;

import javax.servlet.ServletContext;

import org.mortbay.jetty.Server;
import org.mortbay.jetty.webapp.WebAppContext;

public class JettyRunner {
    public static final int PORT = 8080;
    public static final String BASE_URL = "http://localhost:" + PORT;

    private static final JettyRunner _instance = new JettyRunner();

    public static JettyRunner getInstance() {
        return _instance;

    // ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    // Singleton
    // /////////////

    private Server server = null;
    private WebAppContext wac = null;

    private JettyRunner() {

    public interface WebApplicationInitializer {

        public void init(WebAppContext wac);


    public ServletContext getServletContext() {
        return wac.getServletContext();

    public void start() throws Exception {
        if (server == null) {
            server = new Server(PORT);
            wac = new WebAppContext();

    public void stop() throws Exception {
        if (server != null) {
            server = null;

    public static void main(String argv[]) throws Exception {


The above code assumes there is a folder called "war" in the class path which contains the same WEB-INF/* folders. When you run the code from eclipse the server will start and you can view the jsps by accessing the location localhost:8080/test/*