How To Install GlassFish on openSUSE

Install GlassFish on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GlassFish on openSUSE. Eclipse GlassFish is an open-source application server that serves as the Eclipse Foundation’s implementation of the Jakarta EE platform, which was formerly known as Java EE. The project originated from Sun Microsystems and has since been developed and maintained by the Eclipse Foundation. GlassFish is written in Java and is designed to be cross-platform, meaning it can run on various operating systems that support Java.

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 the Eclipse GlassFish on openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. openSUSE provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download GlassFish and its dependencies.
  • You’ll need administrative (root) access or a user account with sudo privileges.

Install GlassFish on openSUSE

Step 1. Before we begin the installation process, it’s important to ensure that your system is up-to-date. You can do this by running the following command in your terminal:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

Step 2. Installing Java Development Kit (JDK).

Eclipse GlassFish requires Java to run, and it’s recommended to use a version of JDK that is compatible with the version of GlassFish you plan to install. You can install OpenJDK’s JDK on openSUSE using zypper:

sudo zypper search openjdk-devel
sudo zypper --non-interactive install java-17-openjdk-devel

Verify the Java version with the command below:

javac -version

Step 3. Installing Eclipse GlassFish on openSUSE.

Visit the official Eclipse GlassFish download page and choose the version that suits your needs. You can use wget or curl to download the GlassFish package directly to your openSUSE system:


Once the download is complete, extract the package to your desired installation directory, such as /opt:

sudo unzip -d /opt/

For security purposes, it’s a good practice to create a dedicated user for running GlassFish:

sudo useradd -s /sbin/nologin glassfish

Change the ownership of the GlassFish directory to the newly created user:

sudo chown -R glassfish:glassfish /opt/glassfish7/

Step 4. Create a Systemd Service File.

To manage GlassFish as a service, create a systemd service file:

sudo nano /usr/lib/systemd/system/glassfish.service

Add the following content to the file:

Description=GlassFish Server

ExecStart=/opt/glassfish6/glassfish/bin/asadmin start-domain domain1


Enable and start the GlassFish service using systemd:

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

Step 5. Configure GlassFish.

Set an admin password for the GlassFish domain to secure your server:

/opt/glassfish7/bin/asadmin --port 4848 change-admin-password

When prompted for the user, type the default user admin, and press ENTER when asked for the password. The default GlassFish comes without a password. When prompted to set up a new password, type your password and repeat.

Step 6. Configure Firewall.

When setting up Eclipse GlassFish on openSUSE, it‘s crucial to configure the firewall to allow traffic to and from the server.

By default, GlassFish uses port 8080 for HTTP traffic and port 4848 for the admin console. However, these ports can be customized:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=8080/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=4848/tcp --permanent

After adding the ports, reload the firewall to apply the changes:

sudo firewall-cmd --reload

To ensure the ports are open, you can use the firewall-cmd tool to list all open ports:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --list-ports

Step 7. Access the GlassFish Admin Console Web UI.

Once GlassFish is running, you can access the admin console by navigating to http://your-IP-address:4848 in your web browser.

Install GlassFish on openSUSE

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GlassFish. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Eclipse GlassFish on your openSUSE system. For additional or useful information, we recommend you check the official GlassFish 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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