Packaging Applications

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Packaging Applications

Package Single Version in WAR

ZK doesn't support to run 2 different versions in a single web application (WAR). Mixing Compact Edition/official version with evaluation version is not allowed. Please be sure you package only one single version of ZK JAR into a WAR.

For example, if you include zul:9.6.0 and zkex:9.6.3, then you will see messages when starting a server:

2023-03-02 09:21:44 [INFO ] ConfigParser:116 - Ignore jar:file:/Users/yourName/.m2/repository/org/zkoss/zk/zkex/9.6.3/zkex-9.6.3.jar!/metainfo/zk/config.xml
Cause: ZK version must be 9.6.3 or later, not 9.6.0
Your ZK binary is being altered and may not work as expected. Please contact us at [email protected] for assistance.

Package ZK As a Shared Library

This is a not-recommended practice. Since ZK stores its configurations (parsed from zk.xml) as a static object, all your zk applications in the same application server will have the same configurations. If you change a configuration (library property), it will affect all zk applications.

Package as EAR

An EAR file contains one or more JAR and WAR.

Notice for Form Binding

Since 9.6.3

If you package multiple WAR files and EJB as an EAR file and use form binding on an entity bean packaged in EJB jar, you need to arrange zkbind jar in the following way, or you might encounter the error:

java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/zkoss/bind/proxy/FormProxyObject

  1. put zkbind-api.jar and javassist.jar in a shared library
  2. package zkbind-impl.jar in a WAR.
  3. make sure a WAR doesn't contain zkbind-api.jar

Check this EAR demo project for details.


lib/zk.jar (and its dependent jar)

myapp-ejb.jar (

myapp.war/WEB-INF/lib/other ZK jars (but NO zkbind-api.jar here)

If you don't use form binding or don't use form binding on a bean in an EJB jar, then you don't need above arrangement.

Underlying Details

In enterprise application server, each module has its own class loader like:


When ZK creates a proxy object based on EJB class with javassist, it uses the target object's class loader. In this case, it's EJB's class loader.

The related code in javassist:3.28.0-GA

1 public class ProxyFactory {
2 ...
3     protected ClassLoader getClassLoader0() {
4         ClassLoader loader = null;
5         if (superClass != null && !superClass.getName().equals("java.lang.Object"))
6             loader = superClass.getClassLoader();
  • Line 6: superClass is the EJB bean to be proxied.

Since parent class loader cannot know the classed loaded by its child class loader, EarClassLoader doesn't know the classes loaded by WebappClassLoader. So it will throw java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/zkoss/bind/proxy/FormProxyObject because zkbind.jar is in a WAR.

Hence, that's the reason you need to put zkbind-api.jar in /lib (out of WAR) in order to be loaded by EarLibClassLoader.

(Related issues: ZK-2932, ZK-3135 , ZK-4554, ZK-5256)

Class Loader Hierarchy in Glassfish 6


WebappClassLoader (load classes under WEB-INF) ==> EarClassLoader ==> [email protected] ==> EarLibClassLoader (load jar in lib) ==> [email protected] ==> [email protected] ==> APIClassLoader ==> [email protected]


EarClassLoader ==> [email protected] ==> EarLibClassLoader ==> or[email protected] ==> [email protected] ==> APIClassLoader ==> [email protected]

Last Update : 2023/03/10

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