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Automated Time-Based Reload Response in Java Web Servlet

  • Last Updated : 27 Nov, 2020

Automated Time-Based Reload Response in Java Web Servlet comes into the picture while working with Java Servlets, we need a mechanism for page auto-reload according to our need. This automated refresh can be created in the Java servlet itself as a response. In webpages, there is a need where without clicking any button or link, the page should be auto refreshed or forwarded to a new webpage after a specific time or interval.

So here we will send a response by setting a header for reloading to a new URL after a specific time.

Approach for IDE :

  1. You need to install an IDE and a Web Server for running below servlet.
  2. It is suggested to create a project with default configurations. It will handle servlet mapping and web.xml.
  3. Then Create a new Servlet Named auto-reload and copy the below-given code in the servlet.
  4. Create another servlet named reloadedpage, which will be the output page.
  5. You can configure these Servlets into web.xml for dynamic mapping.
  6. Deploy project on Web Server and locate given URL on the browser (change project with your actual project name) http://localhost:8080/project/autoreload.


import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;
public class autoreload
    extends HttpServlet { 
  // Current Webpage
    public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
                      HttpServletResponse response)
        throws ServletException, IOException
        try (PrintWriter out = response.getWriter()) {
            out.println("<!DOCTYPE html>");
                "<h1>This webpage will be reloaded to a new page in 5 Seconds...</h1>");
            //  response.setHeader("Refresh","5");
            //  Just Refresh Current Webpage After 5 Seconds
            //  Refresh This Page to New URL after 5 Seconds
            //  Here Time can be set in seconds so you can
            //  change 5 to another number according to your
            //  need also You can change URL of new Webpage
            //  like here i have written URL for index page


Here we can change time and URL according to our need in the above program.

  • You can also add this functionality to any of your Servlets without creating a new one.
  • You just have to include below given line : response.setHeader(“Refresh”,”5;url=reloadedpage”);

Output :


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