JSP - Auto Refresh


In this chapter, we will discuss Auto Refresh in JSP. Consider a webpage which is displaying live game score or stock market status or currency exchange ration. For all such type of pages, you would need to refresh your Webpage regularly using refresh or reload button with your browser.

JSP makes this job easy by providing you a mechanism where you can make a webpage in such a way that it would refresh automatically after a given interval.

The simplest way of refreshing a Webpage is by using the setIntHeader() method of the response object. Following is the signature of this method −

public void setIntHeader(String header, int headerValue)

This method sends back the header "Refresh" to the browser along with an integer value which indicates time interval in seconds.

Auto Page Refresh Example

In the following example, we will use the setIntHeader() method to set Refresh header. This will help simulate a digital clock −

<%@ page import = "java.io.*,java.util.*" %>

      <title>Auto Refresh Header Example</title>
         <h2>Auto Refresh Header Example</h2>
            // Set refresh, autoload time as 5 seconds
            response.setIntHeader("Refresh", 5);
            // Get current time
            Calendar calendar = new GregorianCalendar();
            String am_pm;
            int hour = calendar.get(Calendar.HOUR);
            int minute = calendar.get(Calendar.MINUTE);
            int second = calendar.get(Calendar.SECOND);
            if(calendar.get(Calendar.AM_PM) == 0)
               am_pm = "AM";
               am_pm = "PM";
            String CT = hour+":"+ minute +":"+ second +" "+ am_pm;
            out.println("Crrent Time: " + CT + "\n");

Now put the above code in main.jsp and try to access it. This will display the current system time after every 5 seconds as follows. Just run the JSP and wait to see the result −

Auto Refresh Header Example

Current Time is: 9:44:50 PM