Class Not Found Issues


This page discusses the various ways you see Class Not Found errors or very similar errors. It is strongly advised you read the following topics:

If you get a NoClassDefFoundError exception, the root cause might be the same as for a ClassNotFound exception.


  1. Why is jsp:useBean is not working?

  2. Why do I get java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/servlet/Filter?

  3. Why do I get java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/xml/sax/InputSource?


Why is  jsp:useBean  is not working?

Make sure:

Why do I get  java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/servlet/Filter?

You probably have servlet-api.jar floating around somewhere it shouldn't be. This really messes up the classloaders since Tomcat's classloaders don't act quite as normal as one expects (see links above). servlet-api.jar should only be found only once in $CATALINA_HOME/lib.

Why do I get  java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/xml/sax/InputSource ?

You have conflicting XML api jar files in your classpath. Read the README or RELEASE-NOTES for more information.


FAQ/Class_Not_Found (last edited 2013-01-30 00:24:37 by KonstantinKolinko)