How To Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GlassFish on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, GlassFish is a popular app server that can run java based web applications for you. GlassFish 5 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 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).
  • 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 GlassFish on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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).

Run the following commands to install the Oracle JDK by Oracle:

apt install software-properties-common dirmngr
add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
apt-get update
apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Please note that during the Java installation process, you will have to accept the Oracle License agreement in order to complete the installation.

Verify Installed Java version:

java -version


openjdk version "10.0.1" 2018-04-17
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 10.0.1+10-Ubuntu-3ubuntu1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 10.0.1+10-Ubuntu-3ubuntu1, mixed mode)

Step 3. Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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 5:


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:

glassfish5/bin/asadmin start-domain

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/ to 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.

Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GlassFish. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GlassFish on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to 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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