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The exception is basically telling it couldn't find the JSF implementation.

jstl-1.2.jar
javax.faces-api-2.2.jar

The javax.faces-api-2.2.jar alone is not right. There are 2 problems:

  • That's the "blueprint" API JAR, intented for JSF implementors such as Mojarra and MyFaces.
  • You forgot the JSF implementation JAR.

Provided that you'd like to use Mojarra, there are 2 ways to install Mojarra, as instructed in the download page:

javax.faces-2.x.x.jar
  • Or, two JARs: jsf-api-2.x.x.jar and jsf-impl-2.x.x.jar where version numbers must exactly match.

Get rid of that javax.faces-api-2.2.jar and place the right JAR(s) in /WEB-INF/lib and this exception should disappear. As of now, Mojarra 2.2.8 is latest version and one JAR is cleaner than two loose JARs, so go download javax-faces-2.2.8.jar to replace the wrong one.

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That may happen if your webapp's runtime classpath is polluted with multiple JSF impls/versions. The org.apache.myfaces entries in the stack trace tells that you're using MyFaces. This problem thus suggests that you've another JSF implementation like Mojarra in the webapp's runtime classpath which is conflicting with it. It's recognizable by jsf-api.jar, or jsf-impl.jar, or javax.faces.jar. If you remove all of them, then this problem should disappear.

Or, if you actually intented to use Mojarra instead of MyFaces (you did namely not explicitly state the intented JSF impl/version anywhere in your question, but you just generically stated the JSF spec as in "JSF 2.0", so perhaps you actually had no clue what you was all doing), then you should be removing myfaces-*.jar files from your webapp.

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That may happen if your webapp's runtime classpath is polluted with multiple JSF impls/versions. The org.apache.myfaces entries in the stack trace tells that you're using MyFaces. This problem thus suggests that you've another JSF implementation like Mojarra in the webapp's runtime classpath which is conflicting with it. It's recognizable by jsf-api.jar, or jsf-impl.jar, or javax.faces.jar. If you remove all of them, then this problem should disappear.

Or, if you actually intented to use Mojarra instead of MyFaces (you did namely not explicitly state the intented JSF impl/version anywhere in your question, but you just generically stated the JSF spec as in "JSF 2.0", so perhaps you actually had no clue what you was all doing), then you should be removing myfaces-*.jar files from your webapp.

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Complementing BalusC's answer, I recently got this error when trying to run an independent JAR with a Spring Boot application that has JSF as front-end with Spring-managed beans. Switching the packaging from JAR to WAR solved the problem.

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Complementing BalusC's answer, I recently got this error when trying to run an independent JAR with a Spring Boot application that has JSF as front-end with Spring-managed beans. Switching the packaging from JAR to WAR solved the problem.

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This is a sign of classpath pollution. JBoss already ships with JSF bundled. This exception can occur if you bundle JSF in your WAR as well. It'll only collide.

There are 2 solutions:

Get rid of jsf-api and jsf-impl JARs in your WAR (i.e. they should not end up in /WEB-INF/lib after build/deploy.

Tell JBoss that your WAR ships with its own version of JSF so that JBoss won't use its own.

<context-param>
    <param-name>org.jboss.jbossfaces.WAR_BUNDLES_JSF_IMPL</param-name>
    <param-value>true</param-value>
</context-param>

Thank you for the comment. I know that JBoss 6.0.0 ships with JSF deployer and that is the reason why I did not included jsf-api and jsf-impl jars into my war (as I did in JBoss 5.1.0). Did you managed to use Mojarra 1.2 in JBoss 6.0?

I didn't see your comment update: well, we're successfully running JSF 1.2 and 2.0 apps here which uses JBoss 6.0.0.Final bundled JSF impls. As to your problem, surely there must be another JSF impl somewhere in the EAR/WAR or even in JRE/lib(/ext) which is colliding the one provided by JBoss.

@BalusC. I'm also having the error as OP's. My war file doesn't include JSF impl. I'm not sure about the jre6 though, although I had a look at the lib couldn't find any. Does jre6 comes with a jsf impl?

@sarah: No, JRE doesn't by default. It can happen that you (or someone else) has dropped the JSF JARs in JRE's lib. If after all still in vain, try to clean JBoss data, temp and work folders.

@BalusC: I finally solved the issue. Add this to web.xml worked ` <listener> <listener-class>com.sun.faces.config.ConfigureListener</listener-class> </listener>`

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I had the same issue, but with embedded GlassFish v3. I added this and it worked:

<listener>
    <listener-class>com.sun.faces.config.ConfigureListener</listener-class>
</listener>

Sarah, thank you very much for you comment. But I couldn't verify it right now. Will come back here with reply later.

Do note that this answer is specific to GlassFish v3, not to JBoss AS as asked about in the question. This GlassFish-specific bug was already fixed in 3.1.x and then it's not necessary to explicitly register the configure listener.

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I answer my own question because I found that there is no other question about Websphere, and I want to share my finding with the community. The solution is to add the following xml snippet to the web.xml:

<listener>
    <listener-class>com.sun.faces.config.ConfigureListener</listener-class>
</listener>

Because ServletContainerInitializer Servlet 3.0 feature seems not working on Websphere.

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Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

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Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

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Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

jsf - How to find out client ID of component for ajax update/render? C...

ajax jsf jsf-2 primefaces clientid
Rectangle 27 248

Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

jsf - How to find out client ID of component for ajax update/render? C...

ajax jsf jsf-2 primefaces clientid
Rectangle 27 248

Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

jsf - How to find out client ID of component for ajax update/render? C...

ajax jsf jsf-2 primefaces clientid
Rectangle 27 245

Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

jsf - How to find out client ID of component for ajax update/render? C...

ajax jsf jsf-2 primefaces clientid
Rectangle 27 240

Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

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Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

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Look in HTML output for actual client ID

You need to look in the generated HTML output to find out the right client ID. Open the page in browser, do a rightclick and View Source. Locate the HTML representation of the JSF component of interest and take its id as client ID. You can use it in an absolute or relative way depending on the current naming container. See following chapter.

Note: if it happens to contain iteration index like :0:, :1:, etc (because it's inside an iterating component), then you need to realize that updating a specific iteration round is not always supported. See bottom of answer for more detail on that.

If a component which you'd like to reference by ajax process/execute/update/render is inside the same NamingContainer parent, then just reference its own ID.

If it's not inside the same NamingContainer, then you need to reference it using an absolute client ID. An absolute client ID starts with the NamingContainer separator character, which is by default :.

<h:form id="form">
    <p:commandLink update=":otherform:result"> <!-- OK! -->
</h:form>
<h:form id="otherform">
    <h:panelGroup id="result" />
</h:form>

NamingContainer components are for example <h:form>, <h:dataTable>, <p:tabView>, <cc:implementation> (thus, all composite components), etc. You recognize them easily by looking at the generated HTML output, their ID will be prepended to the generated client ID of all child components. Note that when they don't have a fixed ID, then JSF will use an autogenerated ID in j_idXXX format. You should absolutely avoid that by giving them a fixed ID. The OmniFaces NoAutoGeneratedIdViewHandler may be helpful in this during development.

If you know to find the javadoc of the UIComponent in question, then you can also just check in there whether it implements the NamingContainer interface or not. For example, the HtmlForm (the UIComponent behind <h:form> tag) shows it implements NamingContainer, but the HtmlPanelGroup (the UIComponent behind <h:panelGroup> tag) does not show it, so it does not implement NamingContainer. Here is the javadoc of all standard components and here is the javadoc of PrimeFaces.

So in your case of:

<p:tabView id="tabs"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
    <p:tab id="search"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
        <h:form id="insTable"><!-- This is a NamingContainer -->
            <p:dialog id="dlg"><!-- This is NOT a NamingContainer -->
                <h:panelGrid id="display">

The generated HTML output of <h:panelGrid id="display"> looks like this:

<table id="tabs:insTable:display">

You need to take exactly that id as client ID and then prefix with : for usage in update:

<p:commandLink update=":tabs:insTable:display">

If this command link is inside an include/tagfile, and the target is outside it, and thus you don't necessarily know the ID of the naming container parent of the current naming container, then you can dynamically reference it via UIComponent#getNamingContainer() like so:

<p:commandLink update=":#{component.namingContainer.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if this command link is inside a composite component and the target is outside it:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.parent.namingContainer.clientId}:display">

Or, if both the command link and target are inside same composite component:

<p:commandLink update=":#{cc.clientId}:display">
UIComponent#findComponent()

A search expression consists of either an identifier (which is matched exactly against the id property of a UIComponent, or a series of such identifiers linked by the UINamingContainer#getSeparatorChar character value. The search algorithm should operates as follows, though alternate alogrithms may be used as long as the end result is the same:

UIComponent
  • If the search expression begins with the the separator character (called an "absolute" search expression), the base will be the root UIComponent of the component tree. The leading separator character will be stripped off, and the remainder of the search expression will be treated as a "relative" search expression as described below.
  • Otherwise, if this UIComponent is a NamingContainer it will serve as the basis.
  • Otherwise, search up the parents of this component. If a NamingContainer is encountered, it will be the base.
  • Otherwise (if no NamingContainer is encountered) the root UIComponent will be the base.
  • If the search expression is a simple identifier, this value is compared to the id property, and then recursively through the facets and children of the base UIComponent (except that if a descendant NamingContainer is found, its own facets and children are not searched).
  • If the search expression includes more than one identifier separated by the separator character, the first identifier is used to locate a NamingContainer by the rules in the previous bullet point. Then, the findComponent() method of this NamingContainer will be called, passing the remainder of the search expression.

Note that PrimeFaces also adheres the JSF spec, but RichFaces uses "some additional exceptions".

"reRender" uses UIComponent.findComponent() algorithm (with some additional exceptions) to find the component in the component tree.

Those additional exceptions are nowhere in detail described, but it's known that relative component IDs (i.e. those not starting with :) are not only searched in the context of the closest parent NamingContainer, but also in all other NamingContainer components in the same view (which is a relatively expensive job by the way).

If this all still doesn't work, then verify if you aren't using <h:form prependId="false">. This will fail during processing the ajax submit and render. See also this related question: UIForm with prependId="false" breaks <f:ajax render>.

It was for long time not possible to reference a specific iterated item in iterating components like <ui:repeat> and <h:dataTable> like so:

<h:form id="form">
    <ui:repeat id="list" value="#{['one','two','three']}" var="item">
        <h:outputText id="item" value="#{item}" /><br/>
    </ui:repeat>

    <h:commandButton value="Update second item">
        <f:ajax render=":form:list:1:item" />
    </h:commandButton>
</h:form>

However, since Mojarra 2.2.5 the <f:ajax> started to support it (it simply stopped validating it; thus you would never face the in the question mentioned exception anymore; another enhancement fix is planned for that later).

This only doesn't work yet in current MyFaces 2.2.7 and PrimeFaces 5.2 versions. The support might come in the future versions. In the meanwhile, your best bet is to update the iterating component itself, or a parent in case it doesn't render HTML, like <ui:repeat>.

@this
@form
UIForm
@all
@none

PrimeFaces has enhanced this with new keywords and composite expression support:

@parent
@namingcontainer
UINamingContainer
@widgetVar(name)
widgetVar

You can also mix those keywords in composite expressions such as @form:@parent, @this:@parent:@parent, etc.

PrimeFaces Selectors (PFS) as in @(.someclass) allows you to reference components via jQuery CSS selector syntax. E.g. referencing components having all a common style class in the HTML output. This is particularly helpful in case you need to reference "a lot of" components. This only prerequires that the target components have all a client ID in the HTML output (fixed or autogenerated, doesn't matter). See also How do PrimeFaces Selectors as in update="@(.myClass)" work?

@jack: Just read javadoc: docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/api/javax/faces/component/ Since JSF 2.0 it has become configurable instead of a constant.

context.getViewRoot().findComponent(":inputform"         + UINamingContainer.getSeparatorChar(context) + "inputtext" );

Thank you, note about failing ajax rerender inside of form with prependId="false" saved my day.

what is the exact meaning of client ID as outlined in your explaination? Is it the same as in JSF -> "The client-side identifier for this component". regards+thanks for your work.

@antonu17: As stated in the answer, it's only supported in Mojarra's f:ajax.

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Action method expression is incorrectly interpreted as property value ...

Let's rephrase the exception in a general format in order to better understand the cause:

javax.el.ELException: Could not find property doSomething in class com.example.Bean

This exception is literally trying to tell you that the Bean class doesn't have the following method:

public SomeObject getDoSomething() {
    return someObject;
}
SomeObject
doSomething

There are several causes for this.

Given the fact that the property name is in your case actually a combination of a verb and noun, a resonable cause is you incorrectly bound an action method to an attribute of some JSF component which actually takes a value expression, not a method expression. E.g. when you accidentally do

<h:commandButton value="#{bean.doSomething}">Save</h:commandButton>
<h:button value="Save" outcome="#{bean.doSomething}" />

instead of

<h:commandButton value="Save" action="#{bean.doSomething}" />

The latter would then expect the following method, which you probably actually have:

public String doSomething() {
    // ...
    return "nextpage";
}
void

Another probable cause is that the component is not interpreted as a real component at all, but as "plain text". In other words, when you remove the action attribute and then try to open the JSF page in browser, it'll now load fine, but you will see the whole component unparsed in the generated HTML output (which you can see via rightclick, View Source in browser).

This can have several causes:

The XML namespace of the component is wrong or missing. E.g. in case of PrimeFaces you accidentally used the old PrimeFaces 2.x URI while you're actually using PrimeFaces 3+.

<html ... xmlns:p="http://primefaces.prime.com.tr/ui">

The XML namespace URI contains a typo.

<html ... xmlns:p="http://primefaecs.org/ui">

The XML namespace prefix does not match.

<html ... xmlns:pf="http://primefaces.org/ui">

The XML namespace is totally missing.

<html ...>

The component library is not installed at all. In other words, the JARs containing component library's tag definitions is missing in webapp's /WEB-INF/lib folder.

Either way, all <p:xxx> tag won't be parsed and be considered as template text. But, all EL expressions will still be evaluated (as if you're using <p>#{bean.text}</p>), and they will all behave as ValueExpressions instead of MethodExpressions.

An easy way to recognize the root cause is looking at stack trace. If you're seeing com.sun.faces.facelets.compiler.AttributeInstruction in the stack trace, then it means that the component is interpreted as "plain text". Otherwise you would have seen e.g. org.primefaces.component.commandbutton.CommandButton in the specific case of <p:commandButton>.

:As you mentioned I have used the same , like, <h:commandButton value="Save" action="#{employeeRepositoryImpl.saveEmployee}" /> and the error is like,Uncaught exception from servlet javax.el.ELException: /CreateEmployee.xhtml: Could not find property saveEmployee in class com.fetchinglife.domain.dat....

#{employeeRepositoryImpl.saveEmployee}

As BalusC said, this is pretty much the only explanation. Somewhere in your page, you must be trying to bind #{employeeRepositoryImpl.saveEmployee} as a value rather than a method.

In my case the getter was private instead of public. Check it two times if you think everything is correct.

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Try to inspect the generated HTML code and see the actual id being generated for your panelGrid and update that id. If it happens to be dynamic, you can always use the JQuery CSS selectors (I find myself doing that pretty often). In your case, you can go like this:

update="@([id$=output])"

This expression stands for every component whose id ends with output. Take a look at the JQuery docs for more info.

I used this trick in item.setUpdate, many thanks!

I had a similar problem, and this solution worked perfectly. I was not so lucky with the other one, using p:component.

I had a similar problem and this worked like a charm. However, i think this is getting deprecated with primefaces...

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:#{p:component(componentId)}
<p:ajax listener="#{providerSelectBean.onRowSelect}"  
update=":#{p:component('output')}" event="rowSelect"/>

p:component is a helper function that scans the entire view root for a component with the given ID and then returns its client ID.

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