Embedded Jetty with client certificates

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Every time I start with an embedded Jetty server, I can’t find any up to date documentation and have to mess around with old, obsolete and deprecated documentation to get things working.

Today was no different… I wanted to create a simple embedded HTTPS server that required the clients to present a certificate. Most documentation I could find was relevant for older versions and either wasn’t working, or presented me with a whole load of deprecation warnings. However, after some messing around, I managed to get this working, and, as with most things, it wasn’t really that hard and using the javadocs, actually very straightforward.

So for those of you using Jetty 8 and wanting to use client-side ssl, you can use the following java class to start a HTTPS server, which in this example contains a single servlet.

import org.eclipse.jetty.server.Connector;
import org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server;
import org.eclipse.jetty.server.ssl.SslSocketConnector;
import org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletContextHandler;
import org.eclipse.jetty.util.ssl.SslContextFactory;

public class IdentityForwardingProxy {

	// the keystore (with one key) we'll use to make the connection with the
	// broker
	private final static String KEYSTORE_LOCATION = "src/main/resources/client_keystore.jks";
	private final static String KEYSTORE_PASS = "secret";
	// the truststore we use for our server. This keystore should contain all the keys
	// that are allowed to make a connection to the server
	private final static String TRUSTSTORE_LOCATION = "src/main/resources/truststore.jks";
	private final static String TRUSTSTORE_PASS = "secret";

	 * Simple starter for a jetty HTTPS server.
	 * @param args
	 * @throws Exception 
	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

		// create a jetty server and setup the SSL context
		Server server = new Server();
		SslContextFactory sslContextFactory = new SslContextFactory(KEYSTORE_LOCATION);
		// create a https connector
		SslSocketConnector connector = new SslSocketConnector(sslContextFactory);
		// register the connector
		server.setConnectors(new Connector[] { connector });
		ServletContextHandler scHandler = new ServletContextHandler(server,"/");
		scHandler.addServlet(NameOfServlet.class, "/");