Interface ContainerRequestFilter

public interface ContainerRequestFilter

An extension interface implemented by container request filters.

By default, i.e. if no name binding is applied to the filter implementation class, the filter instance is applied globally, however only after the incoming request has been matched to a particular resource by JAX-RS runtime. If there is a @NameBinding annotation applied to the filter, the filter will also be executed at the post-match request extension point, but only in case the matched resource or sub-resource method is bound to the same name-binding annotation.

In case the filter should be applied at the pre-match extension point, i.e. before any request matching has been performed by JAX-RS runtime, the filter MUST be annotated with a @PreMatching annotation.

Use a pre-match request filter to update the input to the JAX-RS matching algorithm, e.g., the HTTP method, Accept header, return cached responses etc. Otherwise, the use of a request filter invoked at the post-match request extension point (after a successful resource method matching) is recommended.

Filters implementing this interface must be annotated with @Provider to be discovered by the JAX-RS runtime. Container request filter instances may also be discovered and bound dynamically to particular resource methods.

Marek Potociar, Santiago Pericas-Geertsen
See Also:
PreMatching, ContainerResponseFilter

Method Summary
 void filter(ContainerRequestContext requestContext)
          Filter method called before a request has been dispatched to a resource.

Method Detail


void filter(ContainerRequestContext requestContext)
            throws IOException
Filter method called before a request has been dispatched to a resource.

Filters in the filter chain are ordered according to their javax.annotation.Priority class-level annotation value. If a request filter produces a response by calling ContainerRequestContext.abortWith( method, the execution of the (either pre-match or post-match) request filter chain is stopped and the response is passed to the corresponding response filter chain (either pre-match or post-match). For example, a pre-match caching filter may produce a response in this way, which would effectively skip any post-match request filters as well as post-match response filters. Note however that a responses produced in this manner would still be processed by the pre-match response filter chain.

requestContext - request context.
IOException - if an I/O exception occurs.
See Also:

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