How To Install Apache Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Apache Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 14.04

For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Tomcat is an open-source web server and servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation. It implements the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket specifications from Sun Microsystems and provides a web server environment for Java code to run in.

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Install Apache Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. JAVA is the first requirement of Tomcat installation.

Add the repository:

Update apt and install Java 8:

You can also verify it, by issuing the following command.

Step 2. Download and extract Tomcat packages.

After installing and configuring JAVA on the system, now it’s time to download the latest version of Apache Tomcat.

Add tomcat user and group:

Step 3. Configure environment variables.

Before starting Tomcat, configure CATALINA_HOME environment variable in your system using the following commands.

Step 4. Configure Tomcat to run as a service.

You will get the following output.

You can verify the service running, by default tomcat runs on port no 8080.

Step 5. Finally, open Tomcat from your browser, go to your IP or domain with the 8080 port (because Tomcat will always run on the 8080 port) as an example:, replace with your IP or domain.

To shutdown Tomcat you can simply run the shutdown script in the same folder like this:

Step 6. Setup user accounts.

Configure Tomcat users so they can access admin/manager sections. You can do this by adding the users in the conf/tomcat-users.xml file with your favourite text editor. Add this text to the file:

Place the following two lines just above the last line.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Tomcat 8. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing apache tomcat 8 on ubuntu 14.04 systems.

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