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11.3. Bootstrapping a Spring Context in a WAR


You can bootstrap a Spring context in a WAR using Spring's ContextLoaderListener class.

Bootstrapping a Spring context in a WAR

For example, the following web.xml file shows how to boot up a Spring application context that is initialized by the XML file, /WEB-INF/applicationContext.xml (which is the location of the context file in the generated WAR package):
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<web-app version="2.4" xmlns=""

    <display-name>Camel Routes</display-name>

    <!-- location of spring xml files -->

    <!-- the listener that kick-starts Spring -->


Maven dependency

In order to access the ContextLoaderListener class from the Spring framework, you must add the following dependency to your project's pom.xml file:
Where the spring-version property specifies the version of the Spring framework you are using.