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The Struts 1 plugin allows you to use existing Struts 1 Actions and ActionForms in Struts 2 applications.

This plugin provides a generic Struts 2 Action class to wrap an existing Struts 1 Action, org.apache.struts2.s1.Struts1Action. The wrapper class provides the expected calls to the legacy Struts 1 Action and ActionForm, converting incoming and outgoing objects into the expected forms. It works by using the scoped model driven technique that uses a single Object as the model for every page, very similar to how the Struts 1 ActionForm works. The plugin also provides several interceptors to emulate Struts 1 logic:

  • org.apache.struts2.s1.ActionFormValidatorInterceptor - Integrates the validation of ActionForms into the workflow of Struts 2
  • org.apache.struts2.s1.ActionFormResetInterceptor - Calls the reset() method on any discovered ActionForms


The Struts 1 plugin is currently only intended to allow you to run Strust 1 actions inside a Struts 2 application. It DOES NOT allow you to continue to use the Struts 1 tag libraries in your JSPs. Your JSPs must be converted to use the Struts 2 tag library.

There is a JIRA ticket open for enhancing this plugin to allow a more seamless transition from Struts 1 to Struts 2 by supporting continued use of the Struts 1 tag libraries in JSPs, however, there is not a scheduled time frame for that functionality to be made available. (Patches are welcomed!)


  • Can use Struts 1 Actions and ActionForms with no code changes
  • Supports Commons Validator-enabled ActionForms


To use existing Struts 1 Actions and ActionForms in a Struts 2 application, create a normal Struts 2 configuration package in struts.xml, but have it extend struts1-default. The struts1-default package contains several interceptors and a default interceptor stack that work the plugin into the Struts 2 request process.

In the most simple case, where you have a Struts 1 Action that you want to use in Struts 2, configure a Struts 2 action using the wrapper:

Simple Struts 1 configuration
<action name="myAction" class="org.apache.struts2.s1.Struts1Action">
  <param name="className">com.mycompany.myapp.MyAction</param>

Most likely, you will have an ActionForm that your Struts 1 Action expects. To use an ActionForm, the setup is a little more complicated because you'll need an interceptor that manages the creation and scope (to support request and session scoping like Struts 1) of the ActionForm.

Struts 1 Action with a session-scoped ActionForm

<action name="myFormAction" class="org.apache.struts2.s1.Struts1Action">
  <param name="className">com.mycompany.myapp.MyAction</param>

  <interceptor-ref name="scopedModelDriven">
    <param name="className">com.mycompany.myapp.MyForm</param>
    <param name="name">gangsterForm</param>
    <param name="scope">session</param>
  <interceptor-ref name="struts1-default"/>



This example shows a few Struts 1 Actions, a session-scoped ActionForm, and validation that uses Commons Validator:

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This plugin doesn't support any global settings.


This plugin can be installed by copying the plugin jar into your application's /WEB-INF/lib directory. It will need the Struts 1 jar in order to function correctly.