CXF Overview

Apache CXF is an open source, fully featured Web services framework, its name CXF is originated from Celtix and XFire, the two projects are nicely combined work together to Apache. CXF supports JAX-WS, Binding, DataBinding and Transport implementation, the nice feature is its embeddable Web service component: (e.g. integrated Spring Framework and Geronimo), CXF has been designed to provide a pluggable architecture that supports not only XML but also non-XML type bindings, such as JSON and CORBA, in combination with any type of transport. in this how-to, we look though a step-by-step hello world example with CXF to start the first web service project.


please hava JDK installed and download the CXF latest release version from apache website.

1. Create a project

Use IDE(Eclipse/Idea), Create a new Java project and set below dependency libraries as classpath, Unpack the CXF download distribution file, add the following mandatory jars to dependency libraries of project in order to use full CXF functionality.

1. commons-logging-1.1.1.jar2. geronimo-activation_1.1_spec-1.0.2.jar (or Sun’s Activation jar)3. geronimo-annotation_1.0_spec-1.1.1.jar (JSR 250)
4. geronimo-javamail_1.4_spec-1.6.jar (or Sun’s JavaMail jar)
5. geronimo-servlet_2.5_spec-1.2.jar (or Sun’s Servlet jar)
6. geronimo-ws-metadata_2.0_spec-1.1.2.jar (JSR 181)
7. geronimo-jaxws_2.1_spec-1.0.jar (or Sun’s jaxws-api-2.1.jar)
8. geronimo-stax-api_1.0_spec-1.0.1.jar (or other stax-api jar)
9. jaxb-api-2.1.jar
10. jaxb-impl-2.1.12.jar
11. jetty-6.1.21.jar
12. jetty-util-6.1.21.jar
13. neethi-2.0.4.jar
14. saaj-api-1.3.jar
15. saaj-impl-1.3.2.jar
16. wsdl4j-1.6.2.jar
17. wstx-asl-3.2.8.jar
18. XmlSchema-1.4.5.jar
19. xml-resolver-1.2.jar
20. cxf-2.2.2.jar

2. Create a web service interface “IHelloWorld” with one method sayHi.
public interface IHelloWorld {
   //@WebParam is optional
  String sayHi(@WebParam(name="text") String text);

3. Implement this webservice interface with Annotation @WebService.
public class HelloWorldImpl implements IHelloWorld {
  public String sayHi(String name) {
    System.out.println("sayHello is called by " + name);
    return "Hello " + name;

4. Create a webservice server

Bean JaxWsServerFactoryBean is to help easily create Server endpoints for JAX-WS, we instantiate JaxWsServerFactoryBean and set service class, service bean and address, method create() will start a server and register it with the ServerManager.
public class Server {
  private Server() {
    IHelloWorld helloWorld = new HelloWorldImpl();
    //create WebService service factory
    JaxWsServerFactoryBean factory = new JaxWsServerFactoryBean();
    //register WebService interface
    //publish the interface
    //create WebService instance

  public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException {
    //now start the webservice server
    new Server();
    System.out.println("Server ready...");
    Thread.sleep(1000 * 60);
    System.out.println("Server exit...");

in IDE or use Command Line, runing the static method main to start this web service, once it is started, type URL http://localhost:9000/HelloWorld?wsdl in address bar of browser, the WSDL should be displayed as below.

<wsdl:definitions name="IHelloWorldService" targetNamespace="">
	<li><xsd:schema attributeFormDefault="unqualified" 
elementFormDefault="unqualified" targetNamespace=""></li>
	<li><xsd:element name="sayHi" type="tns:sayHi"/></li>
	<li><xsd:complexType name="sayHi"></li>
	<li><xsd:element minOccurs="0" name="text" type="xsd:string"/></li>
	<li><xsd:element name="sayHiResponse" type="tns:sayHiResponse"/></li>
	<li><xsd:complexType name="sayHiResponse"></li>
	<li><xsd:element minOccurs="0" name="return" type="xsd:string"/></li>
	<li></xsd:complexType> ....</li>

5. Create a client to verify whether the web service server works.

The Web service server has been published, now we are going to write a piece of client program to call this service.
public class Client {
  private Client() {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    //create WebService client proxy factory
    JaxWsProxyFactoryBean factory = new JaxWsProxyFactoryBean();
    //register WebService interface
    //set webservice publish address to factory.
    IHelloWorld iHelloWorld = (IHelloWorld) factory.create();
    System.out.println("invoke webservice...");
    System.out.println("message context is:" + iHelloWorld.sayHi("Josen"));

We can run the client main method to remotely call the web service, after that, switch to console of web service server, should be able to see that a message sayHello is called by Josen was printed.