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Hit Counter for a Web Site or Web Application tutorials

  • Many a times web Administrator would be interested to knowing the total number of hits on his web site.

  • This is also similar to the above scenario but we have to count hits on whole web site not on single web page.

  • This is achieved by using filters and assuming that the web container will not be restarted. If it is restarted or servlet destroyed, the hit counter will be reset.

  • Below are the steps to be taken to implement a simple website hit counter which is based on Filter Life Cycle:

    1. Initialize a class level variable in init() method of a filter.

    2. Increase class level variable every time doFilter method is called.


Example: Servlet program to show the website hit counter

Sam Sir

//Program name

// Program to show the website hit counter



import javax.servlet.Filter;

import javax.servlet.FilterChain;

import javax.servlet.FilterConfig;

import javax.servlet.ServletException;

import javax.servlet.ServletRequest;

import javax.servlet.ServletResponse;

public class HitCountServletFilter implements Filter {

private int hitCount;

public void destroy()



public void doFilter(ServletRequest request, ServletResponse response,

FilterChain chain) throws IOException, ServletException {


System.out.println("Site visits count :" + hitCount);

request.setAttribute("counter", hitCount);

chain.doFilter(request, response);


public void init(FilterConfig fConfig) throws ServletException {

hitCount = 0;







Example: Jsp file for getting the attribute counter from above filter

Sam Sir

<!--Program name index.jsp- ->

<!-- Jsp file for getting the attribute counter from above filter- ->






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Hit Counter in Servlets for web App or web site

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