In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of GlassFish on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, GlassFish is a popular app server that can run java based web applications for you. GlassFish 4.1 release supports the latest Java Platform: Enterprise Edition 7. 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 the step-by-step installation of GlassFish on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
- 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).
non-root sudo useror 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 GlassFish on Ubuntu 16.04
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Java (JRE or JDK).
Choose the type of Java installation that you want with one of the following:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk
Another alternative Java install is with Oracle JRE and JDK. However, we would need to install additional repositories for proper installation:
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
Then, you will need to fully update the system with the following command and install it:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
Verify Installed Java Version.
java version "1.8.0_74" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_74-b02) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.74-b02, mixed mode)
Step 3. Install GlassFish.
The first thing to do is to go to GlassFish’s download page and download the latest stable version of GlassFish, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.1.1:
Once the download is completed successfully, extract the GlassFish archive to the document root directory on your server:
Start the GlassFish server by using the following command as follows:
Step 4. Accessing GlassFish.
The default GlassFish Server’s port is 8080 and the administration server’s port is 4848 with the administration user name as admin with no password. We can visit
http://ip-address:8080/ to check the homepage of GlassFish Server and
http://ip-address:4848/ get the admin login page in our web browser and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open ports 4848 and 8080 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed GlassFish. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GlassFish in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official GlassFish website.