The RichFaces project is an advanced UI component framework for creating advanced JSF application leveraging rich component features and Ajax capabilities. Let's see how to get started with the RichFaces release 4.
At first download the final release 4.X.X of Richfaces framework from here.
The distribution when unpacked contains the following folders:
|archetypes||Can be used to create a basic Richfaces application generated with Maven|
|artifacts||Contains Richfaces libraries|
|docs||Contains the JavaDocs for Richfaces|
|examples||Contains the Richfaces core demo suite|
Creating your first Richfaces 4 application
In order to create a Richfaces application you have several option: you can either use Maven for picking up the correct libraries or manually configure your web application libs.
Using Maven to pick up Richfaces libs
For Maven-based projects configure you can simply add to your pom.xml Richfaces dependencies:
Refer to JBoss's Maven Guide here for further details about JBoss's Maven repository
Configuring manually your Richfaces libs
If you want to configure manually Richfaces libraries in your project, you have to add to following jars in your WEB-INF/lib:
|Library||Where to find it|
|richfaces-core-impl-4.0.0.Final.jar||Richfaces core distribution|
|richfaces-core-api-4.0.0.Final.jar||Richfaces core distribution|
|richfaces-components-ui-4.0.0.Final.jar||Richfaces core distribution|
|richfaces-components-api-4.0.0.Final.jar||Richfaces core distribution|
|sac-1.3.jar||Third-party lib. Get it here|
|cssparser-0.9.5.jar||Third-party lib. Get it here|
|guava-r08.jar||Third-party lib. Get it here|
The last step is configuring your web.xml to map your URL pattern with the Faces Servlet and a bare bone faces-config.xml which states you are using JSF 2.0 specification.
And your WEB-INF/faces-config.xml