How To Install Apache Tomcat 8 on Debian 8

Install Apache Tomcat 8 on Debian 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Apache Tomcat 8 on your Debian 8 server. 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.

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 through the step by step installation Apache Tomcat 8 on a Debian 8 (Jessie) server.

Install Apache Tomcat 8 on Debian 8

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal:

Step 2. Installing Java (JRE or JDK).

Add the webupd8team Java PPA repository in your Debian system. After that you will be able to install the latest JRE:

Then, you will need to fully update the system with the following command and install it:

Verify Installed Java Version.


Step 3. Installing Apache Tomcat.

We recommend you create a separate system user that will run the Tomcat server. Therefore, issue the following command:

The first thing to do is to go to Apache Tomcat’s download page and download the latest stable version of Apache Tomcat, At the moment of writing this article it is version 8.5.11:

Add tomcat user and group:

Let’s create a systemd init file so you can start/restart/stop Tomcat:

Once opened, paste the following:

Enter the underneath commands to start Tomcat and enable it to start on boot:

Step 4. Finally, open apache 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.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Tomcat. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache Tomcat on Ubuntu Debian 8 Jessie system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache Tomcat web site.

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