3.2.7. AppContext

AppContext is a system class, which stores references to certain common components for each application block in its static fields:

  • ApplicationContext of Spring Framework.

  • Set of application properties loaded from app.properties files.

  • ThreadLocal variable, storing SecurityContext instances.

  • Collection of application lifecycle listeners (AppContext.Listener).

When the application is started, AppContext is initialized using loader classes, specific for each application block:

  • Middleware loader – AppContextLoader

  • Web Client loader – WebAppContextLoader

  • Web Portal loader – PortalAppContextLoader

AppContext can be used in the application code for the following tasks:

  • Getting the application property values, stored in app.properties files in case they are not available through configuration interfaces.

  • Passing SecurityContext to new execution threads, see User Authentication.

  • Registering listeners, triggered after full initialization and before termination of the application, for example:

    AppContext.addListener(new AppContext.Listener() {
        public void applicationStarted() {
            System.out.println("Application is ready");
        public void applicationStopped() {
            System.out.println("Application is closing");

    Please note that the recommended way to run code on the application startup and shutdown is using Application Lifecycle Events.