Customize FacesServlet to get rid of .xhtml extension

If your sole reason is to get rid of the .xhtml extension, then there are various ways depending on the JSF version you’re using.

Faces 4.0

Just add the following context parameter to web.xml:


JSF 2.3+

JSF 2.3 offers a new API to collect all views: the ViewHandler#getViews(). Combine this with ServletRegistration#addMapping() in a ServletContextListener as below.

public class ApplicationConfig implements ServletContextListener {

    public void contextInitialized(ServletContextEvent event) {
        addExtensionLessMappings(event.getServletContext(), FacesContext.getCurrentInstance());

    private void addExtensionLessMappings(ServletContext servletContext, FacesContext facesContext) {
            .filter(servlet -> servlet.getClassName().equals(FacesServlet.class.getName()))
            .ifPresent(facesServlet -> facesContext
                .getViews(facesContext, "/", ViewVisitOption.RETURN_AS_MINIMAL_IMPLICIT_OUTCOME)
                .forEach(view -> facesServlet.addMapping(view))

Effectively, this is an oneliner. Source: Arjan Tijms’ Blog and The Definitive Guide to JSF.

If you’re using MyFaces as JSF 2.3 implementation, then this can be transparently activated by solely the following web.xml context parameter:


Mojarra does not have an equivalent yet.

JSF 2.2-

Use OmniFaces FacesViews. It offers a zero-configuration way to achieve that by placing the view files in /WEB-INF/faces-views/ folder. Otherwise, if you intend to not modify your project structure and want to keep your view files at the usual place and still benefit of extensionless URLs, then it’s a matter of adding the following context parameter:


In case you don’t want to use OmniFaces, but rather want to homegrow your own, just look at source code of OmniFaces. It’s open source under Apache 2.0 License. It’s only not an oneliner.

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