Create SOAP Webservice using Apache CXF, Spring, Maven

This tutorial will show you how we can publish SOAP based webservice using Apache cxf, Spring and Maven. For this tutorial we will create one maven web project in Eclipse. Please read also

If you already have an idea on how to create a maven project in Eclipse will be great otherwise I will tell you here how to create a maven project in Eclipse.

The following configurations are required in order to run the application

Eclipse Kepler
JDK 1.8(if you use jdk 1.7 then use Tomcat 7)
Tomcat 8
Have maven installed and configured
Apache cxf and Spring dependencies in pom.xml

Now we will see the below steps how to create a maven based spring project in Eclipse

First we will create service project

Step 1. Create a maven based web project in Eclipse

Go to File -> New -> Other. On popup window under Maven select Maven Project. Then click on Next. Select the workspace location – either default or browse the location. Click on Next. Now in next window select the row as highlighted from the below list of archtypes and click on Next button.


Now enter the required fields (Group Id, Artifact Id) as shown below

Group Id : com.roytuts
Artifact Id : cxf-spring

Step 2. Modify the pom.xml file as shown below.

Step 3. If you see JRE System Library[J2SE-1.5] then change the version by below process

Do right-click on the project and go to Build -> Configure build path, under Libraries tab click on JRE System Library[J2SE-1.5], click on Edit button and select the appropriate jdk 1.8 from the next window. Click on Finish then Ok.

Step 4. Create service endpoint interface in package com.roytuts.service

Step 5. Create service endpoint implementation class

Step 6. Create model class Product

Step 7. Create mock data class because we are not using database to store data

Step 8. Create Spring XML configuration file called spring-beans.xml and put it under src/main/resources folder

Step 9. Modify web.xml file as shown below

Step 10. Now run “mvn clean compile install” command from command prompt on project directory “cxf-spring”. You will see that wsdl file is generated into the location “src/main/resources/wsdl/ProductService.wsdl”

Step 11. Now deploy the project into Tomcat 8 server from Eclipse. You can also access the wsdl file from the location “http://localhost:8080/cxf-spring/services/productService?wsdl”

The generated ProductService.wsdl looks like below under src/main/resources/wsdl folder

In next tutorial ( we will see how to consume this service.

Thanks for reading.


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