Skip to content


Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with
Download ZIP
SiteMesh 2: Official repository
Fetching latest commit...
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.


** OpenSymphony SiteMesh 2.4.2     **

SiteMesh is a web-page layout system that can be used to abstract common look
and feel from the functionality of a web-application and to assemble large
webpages from smaller components. Pages and components can have meta-data
extracted from them (such as body, title and meta-tags) which can be used by
decorators (skins) that are applied.

SiteMesh won't tread on your toes or force you to work in a certain way (except
for cleaner) - you install and carry on working as before. It seamlessly fits in
with existing frameworks.

Forget the hype - just try it! You'll be impressed with how it can simplify

-- Obtaining            --

The latest version of SiteMesh can be obtained from:

-- Requirements         --

SiteMesh requires a Java Servlet container conforming to the Servlet 2.3
specification. Versions prior to 2.3 are not enough.

Currently known containers that support this and SiteMesh was tested with:

* Orion 1.5.4 and up                         -
* Tomcat 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0.19                 -
* Resin 2.1.11, 2.1.12, 2.1.13 and 3.0.7     -
* Oracle OC4J 2                              -
* WebLogic 7.0 SP2, 8.1 and 8.1 SP2          -
* WebSphere 5.0                              -
* Jetty 4.2.20                               -

-- Installation         --

* Copy sitemesh-@VERSION@.jar to the WEB-INF/lib/ directory of your web-app.

* OPTIONAL: Copy sitemesh.xml to the WEB-INF/ directory if you need to specify a custom
  decorator mapper configuration then the default configuration.

* Add the following to WEB-INF/web.xml:



 * ORION USERS ONLY. For performance reasons, Orion does not auto-load tab library descriptors
   from Jars by default. To get passed this you will also have to copy sitemesh-decorator.tld
   and sitemesh-page.tld to WEB-INF/lib and add the following to WEB-INF/web.xml:



-- Getting started      --

Ok, let's assume you have some basic JSPs already on the site.
These should contain vanilla HTML.

If you don't, here's a JSP to get you started (test.jsp).

            <title>Hello world</title>
            <p>Today is <%= new java.util.Date() %>.</p>

Once you have some content (preferably more imaginative than the example above),
a decorator should be created (decorator.jsp).

    <%@ taglib uri="" prefix="decorator" %>
            <title>My Site - <decorator:title default="Welcome!" /></title>
            <decorator:head />
            <decorator:body />

Now you need tell SiteMesh about that decorator and when to use it. Create the
file WEB-INF/decorators.xml:


        <decorator name="mydecorator" page="/decorator.jsp">


Access your original JSP (test.jsp) though your web-browser and it should look
pretty normal. Now if you add some styling to your decorator it shall
automatically be applied to all the other pages in your web-app.

You can define as many decorators as you want in decorators.xml. Example:

    <decorators defaultdir="/decorators">

        <decorator name="default" page="default.jsp">

        <decorator name="anotherdecorator" page="decorator2.jsp">

        <decorator name="htmldecorator" page="html.jsp">

        <decorator name="none">
            <!-- These files will not get decorated. -->


-- Further support      --

You get the idea. Play around. See the SiteMesh website for
full documentation.

-- Credits              --

Thank these guys:
* Mathias Bogaert         <>
* Mike Cannon-Brookes     <>
* Victor Salaman          <>
* Joseph Ottinger         <>
* Hani Suleiman           <>
* Scott Farquhar          <>

                                            - Joe Walnes <>
Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.