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Hot Deployment

Jetty lets you deploy an arbitrary context or web application by monitoring a directory for changes. If you add a web application or a context descriptor to the directory, Jetty's DeploymentManager (DM) deploys a new context. If you touch or update a context descriptor, the DM stops, reconfigures, and redeploys its context. If you remove a context, the DM stops it and removes it from the server.

To control this behavior, you'll want to configure some WebAppProvider properties.


The directory to scan for possible deployable Web Applications (or Deployment Descriptor XML files)


Number of seconds between scans of the provided monitoredDirName.

A value of 0 disables the continuous hot deployment scan, Web Applications will be deployed on startup only.

The default location for this configuration is in the ${jetty.home}/etc/jetty-deploy.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE Configure PUBLIC "-//Jetty//Configure//EN" "">
<Configure id="Server" class="org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server">

  <Call name="addBean">
      <New id="DeploymentManager" class="org.eclipse.jetty.deploy.DeploymentManager">
        <Set name="contexts">
          <Ref refid="Contexts" />
        <Call name="setContextAttribute">

        <Call id="webappprovider" name="addAppProvider">
            <New class="org.eclipse.jetty.deploy.providers.WebAppProvider">
              <Set name="monitoredDirName"><Property name="jetty.home" default="." />/webapps</Set>
              <Set name="defaultsDescriptor"><Property name="jetty.home" default="." />/etc/webdefault.xml</Set>
              <Set name="scanInterval">1</Set>
              <Set name="extractWars">true</Set>

See Understanding the Default WebAppProvider for more configuration details.

See also Deployment Architecture for detailed conceptual information.

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