JSF Tutorial - JSF Pre Post Construct Application Event Example

The following code shows how to handle application level events.

JSF has system event listeners to handle application specific tasks during JSF application Life Cycle.

  • PostConstructApplicationEvent fires when application starts. It can be used to perform initialization tasks after application has started.
  • PreDestroyApplicationEvent fires when application is about to shut down. It can be used to perform a cleanup tasks before application is about to be shut down.
  • PreRenderViewEvent fires before a JSF page is to be displayed. It can be used to authenticate user and provide restricted access to JSF View.

We can handle the system level events by implementing SystemEventListener interface and register the system-event-listener class in faces-config.xml.

We can also use method binding to handle system level events by passing the name of the managed bean method in listener attribute of f:event.

The following code shows how to implement SystemEventListener Interface.

public class CustomSystemEventListener implements SystemEventListener {
   public void processEvent(SystemEvent event) throws 
      AbortProcessingException {
      if(event instanceof PostConstructApplicationEvent){
         System.out.println("Application Started. 
            PostConstructApplicationEvent occurred!");

Then we can register custom system event listener for system event in faces-config.xml


The following code shows the method binding way to handle system level events.

public void handleEvent(ComponentSystemEvent event){
   data="Hello World";

Use above method

<f:event listener="#{user.handleEvent}" type="preRenderView" />


The following code is from MyListener.java.

package com.java2s.common;

import javax.faces.application.Application;
import javax.faces.event.AbortProcessingException;
import javax.faces.event.PostConstructApplicationEvent;
import javax.faces.event.PreDestroyApplicationEvent;
import javax.faces.event.SystemEvent;
import javax.faces.event.SystemEventListener;

public class MyListener implements SystemEventListener{

  public void processEvent(SystemEvent event) throws AbortProcessingException {

    if(event instanceof PostConstructApplicationEvent){
      System.out.println("PostConstructApplicationEvent is Called");
    if(event instanceof PreDestroyApplicationEvent){
      System.out.println("PreDestroyApplicationEvent is Called");

  public boolean isListenerForSource(Object source) {
    //only for Application
    return (source instanceof Application);

The following code is from demo.xhtml.

<?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"   
      <h2>This is start.xhtml</h2>


Download Pre_PostConstructApplicationEvent.zip


Copy the generated WAR file from the target folder to Tomcat deployment folder and run Tomcat-Install-folder/bin/startup.bat.

After Tomcat finish starting, type the following URL in the browser address bar.