How To Install Jetty Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Jetty Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Jetty Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04.  For those of you who didn’t know, Jetty is a pure Java-based HTTP (Web) server and Java Servlet container. Jetty is now often used for machine-to-machine communications, usually within larger software frameworks. Jetty is developed under an open-source license, part of the Eclipse foundation. Jetty is also the server in open source projects such as Lift, Eucalyptus, Red5, Hadoop, and I2P. Jetty supports the latest Java Servlet API (with JSP support) as well as protocols SPDY and WebSocket.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Jetty on Ubuntu 14.04.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Jetty Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First of all, we have to install Java JDK.

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

Step 2. Download the latest version of Jetty.

tar zxvf jetty-distribution-9.2.11.v20150529.tar.gz -C /opt/

Rename the file name to jetty:

mv /opt/jetty-distribution-9.2.11.v20150529/ /opt/jetty

Step 3. Create a Jetty user to run a jetty web server on system start-up.

adduser -r -m jetty
chown -R jetty:jetty /opt/jetty/
cd /etc/init.d
ln -s /opt/jetty/bin/ jetty
chkconfig --add jetty
chkconfig --level 345 jetty on

Step 4. Jetty configuration file.

Add the following information in /etc/default/jetty, replace the port and listening address with your value:

$ nano /etc/default/jetty

Step 5. Start the Jetty web server.

You need to start jetty service using the following command:

sudo service jetty start

If all is well, you should see the standard Jetty splash page when you visit the following address in your browser http://your-ip-address:8080

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Jetty. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Jetty web server on Ubuntu 14.04 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Jetty website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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