How To Install GlassFish on Debian 10

Install GlassFish on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GlassFish on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, GlassFish is an open-source application server and the reference implementation of Java EE. GlassFish 5 release supports the latest Java Platform: Enterprise Edition 8. It supports Enterprise JavaBeans, JPA, JavaServer Faces, JMS, RMI, JavaServer Pages, servlets, etc.

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 of the GlassFish on a Debian 10 (Buster).

Install GlassFish on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update

Step 2. Installing Java.

GlassFish requires Java to be installed on your server. Now run the following command below to install it:

sudo apt install default-jdk

Once the installation is complete, you can verify it by checking the Java version:

java -version

Step 2. Installing GlassFish on Debian 10.

Now we download the latest version of GlassFish from the official website using the following command:

wget http://download.oracle.com/glassfish/5.0.1/nightly/latest-glassfish.zip
unzip latest-glassfish.zip -d /opt/

Step 3. Create a GlassFish Service.

Now create a systemd service file to manage the GlassFish service:

nano /etc/systemd/system/glassfish.service

Add the following file:

[Unit]
Description = GlassFish Server v5.0
After = syslog.target network.target

[Service]
ExecStart=/opt/glassfish5/bin/asadmin start-domain
ExecReload=/opt/glassfish5/bin/asadmin restart-domain
ExecStop=/opt/glassfish5/bin/asadmin stop-domain
Type = forking

[Install]
WantedBy = multi-user.target

Save and close the file. Then, reload the systemd daemon with the following command:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start glassfish
sudo systemctl enable glassfish

Step 4. Configure GlassFish Admin Console.

By default, the GlassFish admin console password is not set. So, you will need to update the admin password:

/opt/glassfish5/bin/asadmin change-admin-password

Output:

Enter admin user name [default: admin]>admin
Enter the admin password> 
Enter the new admin password> 
Enter the new admin password again> 
Command change-admin-password executed successfully.

Next, you will need to enable the secure admin feature using the following command:

/opt/glassfish5/bin/asadmin enable-secure-admin

Then, restart the GlassFish service to apply the configuration changes:

sudo systemctl restart glassfish

Step 5. Accessing GlassFish Web Interface.

The default GlassFish Server’s port is 8080, You can access it by visiting the URL http://your-ip-address:8080. You should see the following page:

Install GlassFish on Debian 10

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GlassFish. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the GlassFish on the Debian system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official GlassFish website.

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