As a start point for your PDF-enabled Web application development you can use the example Web application, supplied with the PD4ML Pro and PD4ML Web distributions.

Copy taglib/ directory and all its sub-content into your working directory.

Than copy pd4ml.jar (or pd4ml_demo.jar) to WEB-INF/lib directory of the webapp. Make sure, that pd4ml_tl.jar (or pd4ml_tl_demo.jar) and ss_css2.jar are already there.

Now deploy the application to your JSP runtime engine. The operation is usually differs for the engines from different vendors. Check the documentation of your version.

The following are possible steps to deploy the application to Tomcat 4.1.30 server.

  • Create pd4ml.xml file in the [tomcat_root_dir]/webapps/ with the content like below:

    <Context path=”/pd4ml docBase=”D:/tools/web debug=”0 privileged=”true reloadable=”true“>

    <ResourceLink name=”users global=”UserDatabase type=”org.apache.catalina.UserDatabase” />


  • Change docBase attribute to correspond your web application location
  • Restart Tomcat
  • Access the application with an URL like that http://localhost:8080/pd4ml/ (Change host and port to match your Tomcat installation). taglib/index.jsp page is be activated by default and example PDF should be generated. See: Using PD4ML custom tags in JSP section of this document for more info.