JSF Stylesheet Example

Hey guys in this post, we will discuss adding CSS stylesheet to the JavaServer Faces (JSF) application.


  • We will use <h:outputStylesheet> tag to reference the external stylesheet
  • <h:outputStylesheet> takes two attribute library, indicates the name of the folder in which the CSS file is located and name, indicates the name of the file

Complete example

We will create this example step by step, follow this tutorial till the end

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Create Dynamic Web Project

To create a dynamic web project, you can read the following tutorial

Create a bean

Create Employee.java file inside the in.bushansirgur.jsf.beans package and add the following content

package in.bushansirgur.jsf.beans;

import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;

public class Employee {
	private String name;
	private String department;
	private String email;
	public Employee() {
	public Employee(String name, String department, String email) {
		this.name = name;
		this.department = department;
		this.email = email;

	public String getName() {
		return name;

	public void setName(String name) {
		this.name = name;

	public String getDepartment() {
		return department;

	public void setDepartment(String department) {
		this.department = department;

	public String getEmail() {
		return email;

	public void setEmail(String email) {
		this.email = email;

Create a Util class

Create EmployeeDataUtil.java file inside the in.bushansirgur.jsf.util package and add the following content

package in.bushansirgur.jsf.util;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import javax.faces.bean.ApplicationScoped;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;

import in.bushansirgur.jsf.beans.Employee;

public class EmployeeDataUtil {
	private List<Employee> employees;
	public EmployeeDataUtil() {
	public void loadSampleData() {
		employees = new ArrayList<>();
		employees.add(new Employee("Bushan", "IT", "[email protected]"));
		employees.add(new Employee("Bharatrh", "IT", "[email protected]"));
		employees.add(new Employee("Chaitra", "Sales", "[email protected]"));
	public List<Employee> getEmployees() {
		return employees;

Note that we have added the @ApplicationScoped annotation to the class and this class shares the same data across the application

Create a stylesheet

All the external CSS files and JS files goes inside the resources folder of the WebContent. Create css folder inside the resources folder to keep all the external stylesheets and create file dashboard.css

h2 {
	color: red;

Create a Response page

Create dashboard.xhtml file inside the WebContent and add the following content

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"

		<h:outputStylesheet library="css" name="dashboard.css" />
		<h2>Employees List</h2>
		<h:dataTable value="#{employeeDataUtil.employees}" var="employee" border="1">
				<c:facet name="header">Name</c:facet>	
				<c:facet name="header">Department</c:facet>	
				<c:facet name="header">Email</c:facet>	


Run the app

To run the application, right click on the project, select Run As -> choose Run on Server

Open the browser, navigate to the URL http://localhost:8080/JSF-hello-world/faces/register-form.xhtml

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Bushan Sirgur

Hey guys, I am Bushan Sirgur from Banglore, India. Currently, I am working as an Associate project in an IT company.

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