[Solved] The superclass “javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet” was not found on the Java Build Path in Eclipse

If you are facing this error after importing an existing maven project into your eclipse IDE, then it means that http-servlet is not available in the project’s class path and you must include it.

Error looks like this.

Java Build Path Error
Java Build Path Error

Solution

To include http-servlet into your class path, you have two options:

1) Add target runtime

In this solution, you can add desired server runtime into your application as project facet. As runtime servers have already servlet runtime dependencies, they get included into your project and hence error is gone.

Update Project Runtime

2) Add maven dependency

Another option is include the servlet dependency through maven itself. This will also fix the error.

<dependency>
	<groupId>javax.servlet</groupId>
	<artifactId>servlet-api</artifactId>
	<version>2.5</version>
</dependency>

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23 thoughts on “[Solved] The superclass “javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet” was not found on the Java Build Path in Eclipse”

  1. 27-Jan-2016 12:17:06.629 SEVERE [http-nio-8080-exec-13] org.apache.coyote.http11.AbstractHttp11Processor.process Error processing request
    java.lang.IllegalStateException: The resources may not be accessed if they are not currently started
    at org.apache.catalina.webresources.StandardRoot.validate(StandardRoot.java:232)
    at org.apache.catalina.webresources.StandardRoot.getResource(StandardRoot.java:199)
    at org.apache.catalina.webresources.StandardRoot.getResource(StandardRoot.java:193)
    at org.apache.catalina.mapper.Mapper.internalMapWrapper(Mapper.java:918)
    at org.apache.catalina.mapper.Mapper.internalMap(Mapper.java:808)
    at org.apache.catalina.mapper.Mapper.map(Mapper.java:667)
    at org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.postParseRequest(CoyoteAdapter.java:862)
    at org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.service(CoyoteAdapter.java:521)
    at org.apache.coyote.http11.AbstractHttp11Processor.process(AbstractHttp11Processor.java:1078)
    at org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol$AbstractConnectionHandler.process(AbstractProtocol.java:655)
    at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11NioProtocol$Http11ConnectionHandler.process(Http11NioProtocol.java:222)
    at org.apache.tomcat.util.net.NioEndpoint$SocketProcessor.doRun(NioEndpoint.java:1566)
    at org.apache.tomcat.util.net.NioEndpoint$SocketProcessor.run(NioEndpoint.java:1523)
    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(Unknown Source)
    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(Unknown Source)
    at org.apache.tomcat.util.threads.TaskThread$WrappingRunnable.run(TaskThread.java:61)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

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  2. Thanks for the solution to the problem “The superclass “javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet” was not found on the Java Build Path in Eclipse”

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