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WebSockets for JBoss AS7
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WebSockets for JBoss AS 7.1.2+

NOTE: This does not currently work on versions of AS older than 7.1.2. It also requires use of the Apache Portable Runtime connector (APR). This limitation will be addressed in a future version of AS.

To Configure APR in JBoss AS 7.1.x:

  1. In domain/configuration/domain.xml: Change Line:

     <subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:web:1.1" default-virtual-server="default-host" native="false">           


     <subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:web:1.1" default-virtual-server="default-host" native="true">
  2. Okay, done.

Using the WebsocketServlet:

Once AS 7.1.2+ is configured as specified above, using websockets is as simple as implementing a Servlet which extends and implements its abstract methods. You map the servlet as you normally would, and that servlet mapping will become the upgradable WebSocket path.

Example Implementation:

public class MyWebSocketServlet extends WebSocketServlet {

  protected void onSocketOpened(HttpEvent event, WebSocket socket) throws IOException {
    System.out.println("Websocket opened :)");

  protected void onSocketClosed(HttpEvent event, WebSocket socket) throws IOException {
    System.out.println("Websocket closed :(");

  protected void onReceivedTextFrame(HttpEvent event, final WebSocket socket) throws IOException {
    final String text = socket.readTextFrame();
    if ("Hello".equals(text)) {
      socket.writeTextFrame("Hey, there!");


  1. Binary frames not yet supported.

  2. Message fragmentation is not yet supported.

  3. Hybi-00 implemented, but it require a patched version of JBossWeb. Patch for JBossWeb included in root.

Known Compatibility

  • Confirmed Working:
    • Chrome 18
    • Firefox 11
    • Safari 5.1
    • MobileSafari on iOS 5.1

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