So after an entire weekend of frustration with tutorials such as and I think I have come up with a way to test XFire services deployed through Tomcat during my Maven build.

So I created an annotated version of an Echo Service:

package com.baselogic.service;

import javax.jws.WebMethod;
import javax.jws.WebParam;
import javax.jws.WebResult;
import javax.jws.WebService;
import javax.jws.soap.SOAPBinding;

@WebService(name = "EchoService",
targetNamespace = "")
public interface EchoService {

@WebMethod(operationName = "echoString", action = "urn:EchoString")
@WebResult(name = "echoResult", targetNamespace = "")
public String echoString(
@WebParam(name = "echoParam", targetNamespace = "", header = true)
String echoParam);


Then created my implementation class:
package com.baselogic.service;

import javax.jws.WebService;

* Echo XFire Web Service
@WebService(serviceName = "Echo",
targetNamespace = "", endpointInterface = "com.baselogic.service.EchoService")
public class EchoImpl implements EchoService {

public String echoString(String input) {
return "Echo Response: " + input;

I then created a /WEB-INF/xfire-servlet.xml resource that only contains the following mappings:


In my web.xml, I added my xfire-servlet.xml:
contextConfigLocation      classpath:/applicationContext-resources.xml

I added my xfire spring servlet:

Now I kept seeing several JUnit examples with many convenience methods, but I wanted to use TestNG instead. So I created a testng-functional.xml file with some parameters that I needed.

Then I used those in my TestNG test like:

package com.baselogic.service;

import com.baselogic.service.impl.UserManagerImpl;
import com.baselogic.util.StringUtil;
import com.baselogic.domain.User;
import org.apache.log4j.Logger;
import org.apache.log4j.xml.DOMConfigurator;
import org.codehaus.xfire.XFire;
import org.codehaus.xfire.XFireFactory;
import org.codehaus.xfire.aegis.AegisBindingProvider;
import org.codehaus.xfire.annotations.AnnotationServiceFactory;
import org.codehaus.xfire.annotations.jsr181.Jsr181WebAnnotations;
import org.codehaus.xfire.client.XFireProxyFactory;
import org.codehaus.xfire.service.Service;
import org.codehaus.xfire.service.ServiceRegistry;
import org.codehaus.xfire.xmlbeans.XmlBeansTypeRegistry;
import org.testng.AssertJUnit;
import org.testng.annotations.AfterClass;
import org.testng.annotations.BeforeClass;
import org.testng.annotations.Parameters;
import org.testng.annotations.Test;

public class UserServiceTest {

// configure log4j
static {
URL log4j = Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader().getResource(

protected Logger log = Logger.getLogger(getClass());

protected String echoUrl = "http://localhost:8080/services/Echo";
protected String serviceUrlLocal;

Service serviceModel;
AnnotationServiceFactory factory;
ServiceRegistry serviceRegistry;
XFire xfire;

@BeforeClass(groups = {"functional"})
protected void init(String serviceUrlLocal) throws Exception {"Setup XFire Registry");
this.serviceUrlLocal = serviceUrlLocal;

xfire = XFireFactory.newInstance().getXFire();

AnnotationServiceFactory factory = new AnnotationServiceFactory(new Jsr181WebAnnotations(),
new AegisBindingProvider(new XmlBeansTypeRegistry()));
serviceModel = factory.create(UserManagerImpl.class);

serviceRegistry = xfire.getServiceRegistry();

@AfterClass(groups = {"functional"})
protected void stop() throws Exception {"Stopping XFire Registry");

@Test(groups = {"functional"})
public void testGetUser() throws Exception {

XFireProxyFactory xFireProxyFactory = new XFireProxyFactory(xfire);
UserManager userManager = null;
User user = null;
try {
userManager = (UserManager) xFireProxyFactory.create(serviceModel, serviceUrlLocal);
user = userManager.getUser("mknutson");

AssertJUnit.assertEquals("mknutson", user.getUsername());
} catch (MalformedURLException e) {
log.debug("WsClient.callWebService(): EXCEPTION: " + e.toString());
catch (Exception e) {
throw e;

The difference I found out that was different in testNG from the examples I saw, was the use of a local URL verse the full service url. I could never get the full url o work, but I assume that the JUnit helper classes from xfire resolve that url to a local anyways. When I changed to the local url, my service started working fine. I later removed the serviceUrl parameter later and just used the serviceUrlLocal parameter for my tests going forward.

Mick Knutson

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