Struts 2 BeanTag Example

In this section, we are going to describe the Bean Tag. The Bean tag is a generic tag that is used to instantiates a class that confirms to the JavaBeans specification. This tag has a body which can contain a number of Param elements to set any mutator methods on that class.

In this tutorials, you will use the “bean” tag to instantiate a class named “UserBean“, set its property via “param” element and print out the value.

Simple Bean
A simple class, later use bean tag to instantiate it.

package com.dineshonjava.struts2.bean;

 * @author Dinesh Rajput
public class UserBean {
 private String userName;
 private String userAge;
 private String userPhone;
 private String userAddress;
 public String getUserName() {
  return userName;
 public void setUserName(String userName) {
  this.userName = userName;
 public String getUserAge() {
  return userAge;
 public void setUserAge(String userAge) {
  this.userAge = userAge;
 public String getUserPhone() {
  return userPhone;
 public void setUserPhone(String userPhone) {
  this.userPhone = userPhone;
 public String getUserAddress() {
  return userAddress;
 public void setUserAddress(String userAddress) {
  this.userAddress = userAddress;

An Action class to forward the request.

package com.dineshonjava.struts2.action;

import com.dineshonjava.struts2.bean.UserBean;
import com.opensymphony.xwork2.ActionSupport;

 * @author Dinesh Rajput
public class DataTagAction extends ActionSupport {

 private static final long serialVersionUID = -7744420104547018874L;
 private UserBean bean;
 public String execute() {
  return SUCCESS;
 public UserBean getBean() {
  return bean;
 public void setBean(UserBean bean) {
  this.bean = bean;

Bean tag example
A JSP page to show the use of “bean” tag to instantiate the “UserBean“.

<%@ page contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"%>
<%@ taglib prefix="s" uri="/struts-tags"%>
<title>Bean Data Tag Struts2 |</title>
   <h2>An example of the Bean tag: </h2>
   <s:bean name="com.dineshonjava.struts2.bean.UserBean" var="paramTag">
  <s:param name="userName">Dinesh Rajput</s:param>
  <s:param name="userAge">27</s:param>
  <s:param name="userPhone">9998851234</s:param>
  <s:param name="userAddress">ABC Noida</s:param>
  <li>User Name : <s:property value="#paramTag.userName" /></li>
  <li>User Age : <s:property value="#paramTag.userAge" /></li>
  <li>User Phone : <s:property value="#paramTag.userPhone" /></li>
  <li>User Address : <s:property value="#paramTag.userAddress" /></li>

Configuration Files for struts2:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    "-//Apache Software Foundation//DTD Struts Configuration 2.0//EN"
    <constant name="struts.enable.DynamicMethodInvocation" value="false" />
    <constant name="struts.devMode" value="false" />
    <constant name="struts.custom.i18n.resources" value="myapp" />
 <package name="default" extends="struts-default" namespace="/">
        <action name="beantag" class="com.dineshonjava.struts2.action.DataTagAction">
            <result name="success">/success.jsp</result>

create web.xml file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="" xmlns="" xmlns:web="" xsi:schemaLocation="" id="WebApp_ID" version="3.0">

Right click on the project name and click Export > WAR File to create a War file. Then deploy this WAR in the Tomcat’s webapps directory. Finally, start Tomcat server and try to access

URL http://localhost:8080/doj/beantag.

This will give you following screen:

Struts 2 BeanTag Example

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