January 15, 2012

Deploying an Apache Axis2 Web Service - Hello World Example

1) Setup Apache Axis2 in the web application - follow the steps here

2) Create a POJO - HelloWorldService.java - in the src folder of the web application

package info.icontraining.ws.axis2;

public class HelloWorld {
   public String sayHello(String name) {
      return "Hello " + name;

3) In the WebContent/WEB-INF/services folder, create a new folder and name it 'HelloWorld'.
In this folder create a sub-folder and name it 'META-INF'.
In the META-INF folder create a new XML file - name it 'services.xml'.

4) Add the following configuration to the services.xml file created in the step above,

   <parameter name="ServiceClass" locked="false">info.icontraining.ws.axis2.HelloWorld</parameter>
   <operation name="sayHello">
      <messageReceiver class="org.apache.axis2.rpc.receivers.RPCMessageReceiver"/>

5) Now go to the build/classes folder of the web application. Copy the folder named 'info' and paste it into the services/HelloWorld folder created in step 3.

So, now in the services/HelloWorld folder, there are 2 folders - META-INF and info
The META-INF folder contains the services.xml file.
The info folder contains the following hierarchy of sub-folders - icontraining/ws/axis2/HelloWorldService.class

6) Deploy the Web Application to the server, and access the following URL in the browser,


The HelloWorld service will be present in the list of services.

7) Invoke the Web Service with the following URL in the browser,