How do I set the timeout for a JAX-WS webservice client?

By | June 26, 2019


I’ve used JAXWS-RI 2.1 to create an interface for my web service, based on a WSDL. I can interact with the web service no problems, but haven’t been able to specify a timeout for sending requests to the web service. If for some reason it does not respond the client just seems to spin it’s wheels forever.

Hunting around has revealed that I should probably be trying to do something like this:

((BindingProvider)myInterface).getRequestContext().put("", 10000);
((BindingProvider)myInterface).getRequestContext().put("", 10000);

I also discovered that, depending on which version of JAXWS-RI you have, you may need to set these properties instead:

((BindingProvider)myInterface).getRequestContext().put("", 10000);
((BindingProvider)myInterface).getRequestContext().put("", 10000);

The problem I have is that, regardless of which of the above is correct, I don’t know where I can do this. All I’ve got is a Service subclass that implements the auto-generated interface to the webservice and at the point that this is getting instanciated, if the WSDL is non-responsive then it’s already too late to set the properties:

MyWebServiceSoap soap;
MyWebService service = new MyWebService("");
soap = service.getMyWebServiceSoap();

Can anyone point me in the right direction?!


I know this is old and answered elsewhere but hopefully this closes this down. I’m not sure why you would want to download the WSDL dynamically but the system properties: (default: -1 (forever)) (default: -1 (forever))

should apply to all reads and connects using HttpURLConnection which JAX-WS uses. This should solve your problem if you are getting the WSDL from a remote location – but a file on your local disk is probably better!

Next, if you want to set timeouts for specific services, once you’ve created your proxy you need to cast it to a BindingProvider (which you know already), get the request context and set your properties. The online JAX-WS documentation is wrong, these are the correct property names (well, they work for me).

MyInterface myInterface = new MyInterfaceService().getMyInterfaceSOAP();
Map<String, Object> requestContext = ((BindingProvider)myInterface).getRequestContext();
requestContext.put(BindingProviderProperties.REQUEST_TIMEOUT, 3000); // Timeout in millis
requestContext.put(BindingProviderProperties.CONNECT_TIMEOUT, 1000); // Timeout in millis

Of course, this is a horrible way to do things, I would create a nice factory for producing these binding providers that can be injected with the timeouts you want.

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