Maven repository for Javax, focus on javax.servlet
Maven repository for Javax, focus on javax.servlet

Lately, as I wanted to get back into pure servlet programming, I wanted to double check where to get the right “Servlet API” from Maven. I was pretty surprised to see that they have moved.

Until version 3.0-alpha-1, servlet-api.jar was in javax.servlet/ servlet-api.jar and after, it is in  javax.servlet/ javax.servlet-api.jar. As of February 2014, there is 3.0.1, a bunch of 3.1 betas and 3.1.0.

The version you want to use depends on your “servlet container” (kind of application server) support. As I am using Tomcat 7.0.50, it means I can (and will) pick 3.0.1. The following table was borrowed from the Apache Tomcat website.


Servlet Spec JSP Spec EL Spec WebSocket Spec Apache Tomcat version Actual release revision Minimum Java Version
3.1 2.3 3.0 1.0 8.0.x 8.0.1 (beta) 1.7
3.0 2.2 2.2 1.0 7.0.x 7.0.50 1.6 (WebSocket 1.0 requires 1.7)
2.5 2.1 2.1 N/A 6.0.x 6.0.39 1.5
2.4 2.0 N/A N/A 5.5.x (archived) 5.5.36 (archived) 1.4
2.3 1.2 N/A N/A 4.1.x (archived) 4.1.40 (archived) 1.3
2.2 1.1 N/A N/A 3.3.x (archived) 3.3.2 (archived) 1.1


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