How do I create a rmi server that will accept only one connection at a time?

I'm writing a client-server pair in java using rmi java. I want the server to listen for a connection, and while one client is connected the server should reject any other clients that try to connect.

-------------Problems Reply------------

All you have to do here is declare your remote method(s) as synchronized. Then only one client can enter it/them at a time.

You would need to start the RMI registry in code using,%20java.rmi.server.RMIClientSocketFactory,%20java.rmi.server.RMIServerSocketFactory%29, and write a custom RMIServerSocketFactory that returns a ServerSocket that only accepts a single connection.

EDIT: with a mashup of [RMI] LocateRegistry.createRegistry and with a little extra code thrown in (note that I didn't compile this, so you will need to sort out any compile errors yourself; it is intended to show you the general usage):

EDIT 2: fixed it to incorporate @EJP's suggestion (for more detail see this).

import java.rmi.registry.Registry;
import java.rmi.registry.LocateRegistry;
import java.rmi.RemoteException;
import java.rmi.server.UnicastRemoteObject;

public class Server implements Hello {

public Server() {}

public String sayHello() {
return "Hello, world!";

public static void main(String args[]) {

try {
Server obj = new Server();
RMIClientSocketFactory csf = new RMIClientSocketFactory() {
public Socket createSocket(String host, int port) throws IOException {
InetAddress addr = InetAddress.getByName(host);
if (addr.equals(InetAddress.getLocalHost())) {
return new Socket(addr, port);
} else {
throw new IOException("remote socket bind forbidden.");
RMIServerSocketFactory ssf = new RMIServerSocketFactory() {
public ServerSocket createServerSocket(int port) throws IOException {
return new ServerSocket(port, 1, InetAddress.getByName(""));
Hello stub = (Hello) UnicastRemoteObject.exportObject(obj, 0, csf, ssf);

// Bind the remote object's stub in the registry
Registry registry = LocateRegistry.createRegistry(uri.getPort(), csf, ssf);

registry.bind("Hello", stub);

System.err.println("Server ready");
} catch (Exception e) {
System.err.println("Server exception: " + e.toString());

One simple home-grown approach would be to pass everything through a single method which keeps track of the number of requesting threads. If there is already a requesting thread in progress, an exception can be thrown. Otherwise, the requesting thread is allowed to proceed.

Some code to illustrate the concept but not necessarily an implementation ...

public class RequestHandler {

private boolean activeRequest = false;

public void handeRequest() throws Exception {
synchronized(this) {
if (activeRequest) {
throw new Exception("Request in progress");
else {
activeRequest = true;

// delegate to something else to perform the request logic

synchronized(this) {
activeRequest = false;


Category:java Views:0 Time:2011-06-18
Tags: java rmi

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