How To Install Apache Solr on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Apache Solr on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Apache Solr on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Solr is an open-source search platform written on Java. It is based on Apache Lucene and is written in Java. Just like Elasticsearch, it supports database queries through REST APIs. Solr aims at providing distributed indexing, replication, and load-balanced querying with automated failover and recovery.

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 and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Apache Solr on a Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, 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 Apache Solr on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Java.

Apache Solr required Java if you don’t have java installed on your system run the following command:

sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk

Verify the installed Java version:

java -version

Step 2. Installing Apache Solr on Ubuntu 20.04.

Run the following command to download Apache Solr:

cd /opt

Then, extract the Apache Solr service installer script from the downloaded Solr archive file:

tar xzf solr-8.5.2.tgz solr-8.5.2/bin/ --strip-components=2
sudo bash ./ solr-8.5.2.tgz

Once installed, you can simply use the following commands to Start and Stop of Solr service:

sudo systemctl start solr
sudo systemctl stop solr

Step 3. Create Collection in Solr.

Create the first collection in Apache Solr using the following command:

sudo su - solr -c "/opt/solr/bin/solr create -c mycollection -n data_driven_schema_configs"

Step 4. Accessing Apache Solr.

Apache Solr will be available on HTTP port 8983 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to  or http://your-server-ip-address:8983. If you are using a firewall, please open port 8983 to enable access to the control panel.

Install Apache Solr on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Solr. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache Solr in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Apache Solr 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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