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RichFaces - Ajax enabled JSF 2.0 component library
March 2011
This software is distributed under the terms of the
FSF Lesser Gnu Public License (see lgpl.txt)
RichFaces showcase is an application created to show RichFaces components
in action. It contains a set of small use-cases implemented using RichFaces
This showcase is also mobile compatible with WebKit based browsers; this
includes iOS, Android, and Others. After you deploy the showcase, just
browse to the default context path (for example, http://localhost:8080/showcase)
with a mobile iOS or Android based device. You will see the showcase has
been modified to fit and dynamically adjust to mobile screen widths and
We removed some components from the RichFaces Mobile Showcase which
were not mobile ready. For example, rich:tooltip, rich:extendedDataTable,
rich:jquery, and rich:popupPanel either did not make sense in a mobile
environment or needed a heavy rewrite for touch interfaces.
rich:dragDrop however, does work on iOS� Mobile Safari, but not on Android.
To use rich:dragDrop in Mobile Safari browsers, you can include this snippet
of JavaScript
at the bottom of your JSF template.
The examples shown in the application were chosen from the most popular
questions at the user forum. You will find a lot of useful information on
how to implement RichFaces components and re-use the code to implement the
components in your own application.
This file explains how to build and execute the showcase application on
your own server.
1. Requirements
In order to build the Showcase application you will need:
- Maven 3.0.3 or later
- Servers: Apache Tomcat 6.0 or any JEE6 application server
(e.g. JBoss AS 7)
- JDK 1.6
Also optional Additional Software would make it easy for you to work
with the sources of the application:
- Eclipse IDE + JBoss Tools (to explore and run the application
in IDE). You're obviously free to use any other IDE you wish, but
JBoss Tools is recommended.
2. Build/Deploy
- Deploying on Tomcat
To build the project for Tomcat you need to navigate to the
/examples/richfaces-showcase and run:
mvn clean package
When you see the BUILD SUCCESSFUL message you can deploy the
application on the server. To deploy it on Tomcat, copy the .war
file from 'target' folder to TOMCAT_HOME/webapps folder. Then,
launch the or startup.bat script from TOMCAT_HOME/bin/
directory to start the server.
- Deploying on JEE6 server (JBoss AS 6)
To build the project for a JEE6 server you need to navigate to the
/examples/richfaces-showcase and run
mvn clean package -Pjee6
When you see the BUILD SUCCESSFUL message you can deploy the
application on the server. To deploy it on the application server
copy the .war file from 'target' folder to the JBOSS_HOME/server/default/deploy
folder (or change "default/" to used profile folder). Then, launch
the or run.bat script from JBOSS_HOME/bin/ directory to start
the server.
- Deploying on JBoss AS 7
To build the project for a JEE6 server you need to navigate to the
/examples/richfaces-showcase and run
for JBoss AS 7.0.x:
mvn clean package -Pjbas7
or for JBoss AS 7.1.x
mvn clean package -Pjbas71
When you see the BUILD SUCCESSFUL message you can deploy the
application on the server.
First, make sure the application server is running. To start the server:
launch the or standalone.bat script from JBOSS_HOME/bin/
together with parameter --server-config=standalone-full.xml for both
latest JBoss AS 7.1.x and for latest JBoss AS 7.0.x.
As of JBoass AS 7.1 you must create the JMS user account/password to
enable the JMS push sample. Add a new user to the ApplicationRealm with the
$JBOSS_HOME/bin/add-user.bat or script, with the:
username: guest
password: password
role: guest
To deploy it on the application server, use either:
1) Use the jboss-as-maven-plugin to deploy to a running application server:
mvn jboss-as:deploy -Pjbas7
2) Copy the .war file from 'target' folder to the folder:
After deploying the examples to your server open a browser and type
http://localhost:8080/richfaces-showcase to view the examples.
- Publishing to Google Application Engine (GAE)
We have completed a resource plugin which generates static resources
allowing us to create Google App Engine compatible applications
using RichFaces. This means deploying to and working with GAE is
a piece of cake. Here is how you can deploy your own RichFaces showcase
* Update the GAE application name, and register it with google.
Do this by updating the /webapp-gae/WEB-INF/appengine-web.xml
following the GAE standard documentation.
* if using MyFaces: Configure the MyFaces encryption secret values
in the /webapp-gae/WEB-INF/web.xml. Replace the "-- Insert some secret here --"
with a base64 encoded password. This is important because
otherwise MyFaces will generate random keys, and this causes
issues in a cluster environment like GAE.
For more information on JSF encryption check:
MyFaces -
Mojarra -
* Build using: mvn clean package -Pgae
* Use GAE SDK and the appcfg script just as you would for any other
GAE application.
There are some additional changes that were made in order to make
richfaces-showcase GAE compatible:
* WebConfiguration class from com.sun.faces were patched removing
code which is not compatible with GAE
* web.xml with additional properties for GAE created and placed
at src\main\webapp-gae\WEB-INF\ (it replaces common one during
build with GAE profile)
* check pom.xml GAE profile section in order to check additional
dependencies for that configuration
In order to explore, run and deploy the Showcase using Eclipse IDE you can use
one of the following options:
- You could use JBoss Tools with m2eclipse plugin and just import
the examples as maven-based projects.
* Open Eclipse and go to File > Import
* Expand the project type named Maven and select Import Maven
* Browse the directory in which you placed the examples, select
it and press OK.
* Press next on the import wizard to finish importing the
- Or if you are not using m2eclipse execute use Maven to convert the
project to an Eclipse project:
* Open a terminal inside the RichFaces examples directory
* execute mvn eclipse:ecllipse
* Open Eclipse and select File > Import
* Select Import as existing project into workspace after build
is complete.
* Follow the instructions on the import wizard.
You are now able to work with the Showcase within Eclipse.
For more information on RichFaces 4, please visit RichFaces
website at:
Or check the Wiki for more information on build instructions for the examples at:
To report or check the status of issues related to RichFaces Examples
use the project's Jira at:
Community support and help can be obtained from the RichFaces forums at:
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