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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


is not working?*

Make sure:

  • Your bean is packaged in a class.
  • You have fully qualified your class name (e.g.: 

    ) OR

  • You have imported your class into your jsp (e.g.:

     <%@ page import=""%> 


*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.

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