Service Builder works the same in a JSF portlet as it would in any other standard WAR-style MVC portlet. To learn more about how Service Builder works in Liferay, visit the Service Builder tutorials. You can create a service.xml file and run Service Builder in your JSF project to build services.

To call OSGi-based Service Builder services from your JSF portlet, you need a mechanism that gives you access to the OSGi service registry, because you can’t look up services published to the OSGi runtime using Declarative Services. Instead, you should open a ServiceTracker when you want to call a service that’s in the OSGi service registry.

To implement a service tracker in your JSF portlet, you can add a type-safe wrapper class that extends org.osgi.util.tracker.ServiceTracker. For example, this is done in a demo JSF portlet as follows

public class UserLocalServiceTracker extends ServiceTracker<UserLocalService, UserLocalService> {

    public UserLocalServiceTracker(BundleContext bundleContext) {
        super(bundleContext, UserLocalService.class, null);

After extending the ServiceTracker, just call the constructor and the service tracker is ready to use in your managed bean.

In a managed bean, whenever you need to call a service, open the service tracker. For example, this is done in the same demo JSF portlet to open the service tracker, using the @PostContruct annotation:

public void postConstruct() {
    Bundle bundle = FrameworkUtil.getBundle(this.getClass());
    BundleContext bundleContext = bundle.getBundleContext();
    userLocalServiceTracker = new UserLocalServiceTracker(bundleContext);;

Then the service can be called:

UserLocalService userLocalService = userLocalServiceTracker.getService();


When it’s time for the managed bean to go out of scope, you must close the service tracker using the @PreDestroy annotation:

public void preDestroy() {

For more information on service trackers and how to use them in WAR-style portlets, see the Service Trackers tutorial.

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