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Creating a Simple Axis Service(.aar file) and Deploy it in WSO2 Application Server

In this post I am explaining how to Create a Simple Axis Service(.aar file) and Deploy it in WSO2 Application Server using a simple sample. And also at the end I am describing how to do the same thing with creation of a Jar Service.

Lets assume "sample-home" as our parent directory and inside that we can create following folder structure.

With this folder structure we can include our external libraries (jar files) inside lib folder and  the "services.xml" file inside "META-INF" folder. Following is the sample services.xml definition which I used with this sample creation.
<service name="HelloService"> 
This is a sample service to explain simple aar service 
<messageReceiver mep="" 
<parameter name="ServiceClass" locked="false">org.wso2.hello.HelloAarService</parameter>        

Then we need to keep the service classes inside this "sample-home" directory. Here my HelloAarService.class is included inside the folder structure as shown in above according to my package structure. Following is the my class which I used to compile and create "HelloAarService.class" .
package org.wso2.hello;
public class HelloAarService {
public String serviceMethod() {
String var = "HelloService";
return var;

Next Step is creating the .aar file and it is simply very smiler to creating a jar file. What we have to do is move into the "sample-home" folder and use following command. (Note: " HelloService.aar" is the created .aar file).
  jar -cvf  HelloService.aar *

After creating the .aar file you can Go to "Services > Add > Axis2 Service" in WSO2 AppServer and browse the created .aar file and upload it.

If you upload the file successfully you are almost done. Go to the "Services > List" and check weather your service(HelloService) is listed there. Also you can click on "Try This Service" option and test its functionality.

If you want to add the service as a JAR service you can ignore the services.xml file and META-INF folder(Just remove them) and create a jar file using following command.
  jar -cvf  HelloService.jar *

Then Go to "Services > Add > Jar Service" in WSO2 AppServer and browse the created .jar file and upload it. Then WSO2 AppServer directs you to a wizard which allows you to select "Classes to Expose as Web Services" and "Methods to be Exposed as Web Service Operations". Thats all and you can try the jar service using the same method as above. 


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