SEVERE: Servlet /Spring3HibernateApp threw load() exception java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.springframework.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet

I was working on the Spring MVC example. When I deployed my Spring web application into the Apache Tomcat 7 server, I end up with the following exception

Oct 12, 2014 8:24:01 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext loadOnStartup
SEVERE: Servlet /Spring3HibernateApp threw load() exception
java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.springframework.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet
at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(
at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.loadClass(
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.loadClassMaybePrivileged(
at org.apache.catalina.core.DefaultInstanceManager.newInstance(
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapper.loadServlet(
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapper.load(
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.loadOnStartup(
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.startInternal(
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase$
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase$
at Source)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(Unknown Source)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$ Source)
at Source)


ClassNotFoundException should always makes you to think “JAR is missing”. That is, the eclipse could not able to locate the class file ‘DispatcherServlet” here. The ClassNotFoundException clearly indicates that you are missing org.springframework.web.servlet classes.

So make sure the Spring MVC JAR files is available in the classpath. The Spring JARs and all their dependencies should be in your /WEB-INF/lib.

Add all JAR files in the Project build path, which is, Right-click on Project -> Properties -> Java Build Path -> Libraries. Add all external JARS as like either user library or web app libraries. Click on “Add External JARs” to add all the JAR files.

Even after this, if the exception occurs, try the below instructions

1) Project Properties -> Deployment Assembly
2) Add -> Java Build Path Entries
3) You should now see the list of libraries on your build path that you can specify for inclusion into your finished WAR.
4) Select the ones you want and hit Finish.

Happy Learning đŸ™‚


One Comment

  1. hussain
    Posted March 11, 2015 at 9:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    great it works!!!!

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