JSP page Implicit Object

In JavaServer Pages (JSP), the page implicit object is one of the several implicit objects provided by the JSP container. This object is a synonym for this in the JSP page, representing the instance of the servlet generated from the JSP page.

The page implicit object is of type java.lang.Object, and it provides a way to refer to the current JSP page itself. Although it is not commonly used in practice, understanding its existence and potential use cases can be beneficial.

Features of the page Object

1. Accessing Page Methods

You can use the page object to call methods defined in the JSP page. Since page is equivalent to this, it can be used to invoke any methods available in the current instance of the JSP's servlet class.

    // Assuming a method named myMethod() is defined in the JSP page

2. Using page in Scriptlets

The page object can be used in scriptlets to refer to the current page. For example, you might use it to differentiate between different instances or to access class-level variables and methods.

    // Example of using the page object in a scriptlet
    out.println("This page object is: " + page);

3. Example Usage of the page Object

Although the page object is rarely used directly. Here’s a simple example that demonstrates its usage in a JSP page.

Example JSP Page

Create a JSP page named pageExample.jsp.

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8" pageEncoding="UTF-8"%>
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Page Object Example</title>
    <h1>Using the Page Object</h1>
        // Using the page object to call a method defined in the JSP page

        // Method defined in the JSP page
        public void printMessage() {
            out.println("Hello from the page object!");

    <p>The page object is: <%= page %></p>

In this example, the printMessage method is defined within the JSP page and called using the page object. The output will display a message from the method and print the string representation of the page object.


The page implicit object in JSP represents the current JSP page instance, providing a way to refer to the servlet generated from the JSP. While its direct usage is uncommon, understanding the page object can help you grasp the complete set of implicit objects available in JSP and their potential use cases.