I ran into a problem recently while trying to get access to the com.stormpath.sdk.client.Client instance when it is initialised by Apache Shiro’s shiro.ini configuration. I couldn’t find any help in the Shiro or Stormpath documentation.

Initially I was creating a separate instance of com.stormpath.sdk.client.Client in code, but I realised I was having to duplicate configuration by specifying apiKeyFileLocation and cacheManager config in both shiro.ini and in environment variables/context parameters.

In the end it was a simple task of looking into the Shiro and Stormpath source code to find out what is exactly happening…

One of the steps of configuring Shiro in a web application is to register a listener in your web.xml:


In its contextInitialized(ServletContextEvent sce) method, it initialises the org.apache.shiro.web.env.WebEnvironment and stores it in a ServletContext for use throughout the application (by Shiro - it exposes the SecurityManager):

WebEnvironment environment = createEnvironment(servletContext);
servletContext.setAttribute(ENVIRONMENT_ATTRIBUTE_KEY, environment);

Becuase we’re using the shiro.ini configuration file, the implementation of WebEnvironment that gets created is the org.apache.shiro.web.env.IniWebEnvironment. Whilst debugging on startup, I noticed that in the in IniWebEnvironment’s createWebSecurityManager() method, the beans that are specified in, and loaded from, the shiro.ini file are stored in a this.objects field:

protected WebSecurityManager createWebSecurityManager() {
  WebIniSecurityManagerFactory factory;
  Ini ini = getIni();
  Map<String, ?> beans = factory.getBeans();
  if (!CollectionUtils.isEmpty(beans)) {
    this.objects.putAll(beans); // BOOM!
  return wsm;

Tracing this up the dependency heirarchy we find that this.objects is an instance of Map<String, Object> and has a public getter, so accessing the Stormpath Client instance created by Shiro is rather trivial:

public class StormpathClientProducer {

  ServletContext servletContext;

  @Produces @Singleton
  public Client getStormpathClient() {
    DefaultEnvironment env = (DefaultEnvironment) servletContext.getAttribute(ENVIRONMENT_ATTRIBUTE_KEY);
    return env.getObject("stormpathClient", ClientFactory.class).getInstance();