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July 25, 2006

Lookup an EJB from a different application, deployed on the same server, in JBoss

Filed under: EJB, JBoss — jaikiran @ 7:57 am

I have a web application through which i want to access an EJB which is deployed as a separate appliaction on the same server. How do i do it?


In the web.xml of your war(the web application through which you want to access the EJB), have the following entry:

  In the jboss-web.xml of your war, have the following entry:
    <ejb-ref-name>GiveAnyNameByWhichYouWouldLikeToReferTheBeanInYourWebApp(This should be same as the one given in the web.xml above)</ejb-ref-name>
For more info, have a look at the dtds of web.xml ( and jboss-web.xml(
  In your code, do the lookup as:
  Context ic = new InitialContext();
  Object ejbHome = ic.lookup(“java:comp/env/TheNameThatYouHadGivenInTheEJB-REF-NAMETagOfJbossWeb.xmlAbove”);

Here’s an example:


Lookup code:

Context ic = new InitialContext();
  Object ejbHome = ic.lookup(“java:comp/env/MyTestBean”);



  1. Thanks for the clear explanation

    Comment by siva — August 17, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  2. Thanks for the clear explanation. Hope to learn more j2ee from your blogs.

    Comment by siva — August 17, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

  3. How can the same be acheived without using ejb-jar file but only using jdk1.5 annotations ?(like @EJB ? or anything else?)

    Thanks !

    Comment by Bala — October 20, 2006 @ 5:24 am

  4. Bala,
    I have just started off with a few examples in EJB3. It will take some time for me to understand how this can be done using annotations. I will provide an update once i get to know.


    Comment by jaikiran — October 28, 2006 @ 6:16 am

  5. I would like to see a continuation of the topic

    Comment by Maximus — December 20, 2007 @ 8:52 am

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