[Solved] Springboot -> Springboot 2: 2 Spring WebApplicationInitializers detected on classpath

I’ve got a web app I recently upgraded from springboot to springboot 2. When I deploy it to Tomcat 8 it seems to start but doesn’t start fully.

In localhost.2019-09-04.log (Tomcat) I have the following error:

2 Spring WebApplicationInitializers detected on classpath

I’ve tried various things from this post:

2 Spring WebApplicationInitializers detected on classpath

but has no luck. How can I find out which package another WebApplicationInitializers might be in?

Solution #1:

That log is output from SpringServletContainerInitializer which is Servlet 3.0 ServletContainerInitializer that handles WebApplicationInitializer.

So the most simple way to find out what are these WebApplicationInitializer is to create our own ServletContainerInitializer that also handle WebApplicationInitializer and print their information to console.

public class FooServletContainerInitializer implements ServletContainerInitializer {

    public void onStartup(Set<Class<?>> c, ServletContext ctx) throws ServletException {
        for (Class<?> clazz : c) {
            System.out.println(clazz.getResource('/' + clazz.getName().replace('.', '/') + ".class"));


I am referring to this for how to print the JAR file path of a class.

To register it , create a file META-INF/services/javax.servlet.ServletContainerInitializer. Inside this file , include the fully qualified class name of our ServletContainerInitializer :


Then it should execute during Tomcat starts.

Respondent: Ken Chan

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