Pleasant94 Pleasant94 - 27 days ago 9
Java Question

How to get values from JSP to Servlet in <option>

I'm writing a jsp file code that creates dropdown menus dynamically; the entries on the menus are dinamically inserted after a query executed in

java class. Additionally, there is a search bar.

I want all the selected voices from the menus, plus the string inserted in the search bar, are sent to the servlet
, contained in
, after the
button it's clicked.

JSP file (in

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"
pageEncoding="UTF-8" import="java.util.List, java.util.Iterator" %>

<!DOCTYPE html>




<jsp:include page="_header.jsp"></jsp:include>
<jsp:include page="_menu.jsp"></jsp:include>

<div style = "text-align: center">

<form action="/Search" method="post">

Search <input name="search"> <input type="submit" value="Search"/>



<div style = "text-align: center">

<%-- select value brand from drop-downlist --%>
<div style = "display: inline-block">
List<String> brands = dao.QueriesDAO.getBrands();
Iterator<String> iterBrands = brands.iterator();
<form name="f1" method="post" action="/Search">
Select brand:
<select name="brand">
<option value="All">All</option>
<% while(iterBrands.hasNext()){ %>
<option><%= (String) %></option>
<% } %>

<%-- select value of instrument type from drop-downlist --%>
<div style = "display: inline-block">
List<String> instrumentTypes = dao.QueriesDAO.getInstrumentType();
Iterator<String> iterInstrumentTypes = instrumentTypes.iterator();
<form name="f2" method="post" action="/Search">
Select instrument type:
<select name="instrumentType">
<option value="All">All</option>
<% while(iterInstrumentTypes.hasNext()){ %>
<option><%= (String) %></option>
<% } %>

<%-- select value used from drop-downlist --%>
<div style = "display: inline-block">
<form name="f3" method="post" action="/Search">
Select used status:
<select name="used">
<option value="0">All</option>
<option value="false">Not used</option>
<option value="true">used</option>

<%-- select value product type from drop-downlist --%>
<div style = "display: inline-block">
<form name="f4" method="post" action="/Search">
Select product type:
<select name="productType">
<option value="All">All</option>
<option value="2">Professional product</option>
<option value="1">Scholastic product</option>
<option value="0">Classic product</option>


<jsp:include page="_footer.jsp"></jsp:include>



Servlet file:

package controller;


import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.annotation.WebServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

@WebServlet(urlPatterns = { "/search"})
public class SearchServlet extends HttpServlet {

private static final long serialVersionUID = -1953084286713579746L;

public SearchServlet() {

protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {

String searchParameters= request.getParameter("search");

String brandSelected= request.getParameter("brand");
String selectedInstrumentType= request.getParameter("instrumentType");
String selectedUsedStatus= request.getParameter("used");
String selectedProductType= request.getParameter("productType");

System.out.println("Inserted: " + searchParameters + ", "
+ brandSelected + ", "
+ selectedInstrumentType + ", "
+ selectedUsedStatus + ", "
+ selectedProductType + ".");



I want to be able to work with the values from the servlet and then eventually call other java methods and/or jsp files.

I don't know what is wrong, because I've seen similar questions on stackoverflow and I utilized the solution proposed.

I'll like to know what do I do of wrong and what should be a good approach to a problem like this, thank you very much.

file is called from a different servlet,
. Should I use that servlet instead of a new servlet
? What is better?


I resolved with
<form action="${pageContext.request.contextPath}/search" method="get">
in the JSP page, and accordingly I changed the
method from

Answer Source

You need to add a form to the search input

    Search <input name="search"> <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search"/>

When the user clicks on the search button, it gets submitted to the post request of the servlet "SearchServlet". There you get the "search" parameter name which will contain the input from the user.

    <form action="SearchServlet" method="post">

            Search <input name="search"> 
            <input type="submit" value="Search"/>

// here you can add other inputs like brand selected, instrumentType, productType etc...


Then from the servlet you query the database with the user input and set the results.

   protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException { 

        String brandSelected= request.getParameter("search"); 
        //if you add more options in the form you can get those also

       //query database and get arraylist of instrumentTypes by brand. 
       List<String> instrumentTypes = dao.QueriesDAO.getInstrumentType(brandSelected);

        //set attribute for jsp
        request.setAttribute("instrumentTypes", instrumentTypes);

       //add the name of the jsp file you want to view the attribute you just set
      RequestDispatcher rd = request.getRequestDispatcher("searchview.jsp");
        rd.forward(request, response);



to view the attribute in JSP, do: