What is the difference between response.sendRedirect() and request.getRequestDispatcher().forward(request,response)

To simply explain the difference,


doesn’t prepend the contextpath (refers to the application/module in which the servlet is bundled)

but, whereas

 request.getRequestDispathcer("login.jsp").forward(request, response);

will prepend the contextpath of the respective application

Furthermore, Redirect request is used to redirect to resources to different servers or domains. This transfer of control task is delegated to the browser by the container. That is, the redirect sends a header back to the browser / client. This header contains the resource url to be redirected by the browser. Then the browser initiates a new request to the given url.

Forward request is used to forward to resources available within the server from where the call is made. This transfer of control is done by the container internally and browser / client is not involved.

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