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How To Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, GlassFish is a free, open-source software application server developed by Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). It implements technologies defined in the Java EE platform of this company and allows running apps that support this specification. It comes under two free software licenses Common Development and Distribution License and GNU General Public License.

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 GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget ca-certificates gnupg2 ubuntu-keyring

Step 2. Installing Java.

GlassFish is written in Java, now we install the Java OpenJDK and JRE to the Debian Buster 11. Both packages are available by default on the Ubuntu repository:

sudo apt install default-jdk default-jre

Once all installation is completed, check the Java version using the following command:

java -version

Step 3. Installing GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04.

By default, GlassFish is available on Debian 11 base repository. So, now run the following command below to download the latest version of the GlassFish from the official page:

wget https://download.eclipse.org/ee4j/glassfish/glassfish-6.1.0.zip

Next, extract the downloaded file using the following command:

unzip glassfish-6.1.0.zip -d /opt/

Step 4. Setup GlassFish Systemd Service.

Now create a systemd service file to manage the Glassfish service. You can create it with the following command:

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

Add the following lines:

Description = GlassFish Server v6.1.0
After = syslog.target network.target

User = root
ExecStart = /usr/bin/java -jar /opt/glassfish6/glassfish/lib/client/appserver-cli.jar start-domain
ExecStop = /usr/bin/java -jar /opt/glassfish6/glassfish/lib/client/appserver-cli.jar stop-domain
ExecReload = /usr/bin/java -jar /opt/glassfish6/glassfish/lib/client/appserver-cli.jar restart-domain
Type = forking

WantedBy = multi-user.target

Save and close the file, then reload the systemd daemon to apply the configuration:

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

Step 5. Configure GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04.

The default GlassFish admin password is blank. For more security, you can set a password for your GlassFish admin user. You can set it using the following command:

/opt/glassfish6/bin/asadmin --port 4848 change-admin-password

You will be asked to enter the admin password, press enter to set a new password:

Enter admin user name [default: admin]>admin
Enter the admin password>
Enter the new admin password>
Enter the new admin password again>

Next, you will also need to enable a secure login:

/opt/glassfish6/bin/asadmin --port 4848 enable-secure-admin

Finally, restart the Glassfish service to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart glassfish

Step 6. Configure Firewall.

Ubuntu 22.04 has ufw a firewall running by default. Enable connection through ports 4848 and 8080:

sudo ufw allow 4848
sudo ufw allow 8080
sudo ufw allow OpenSSH
sudo ufw enable
sudo ufw status

Step 7. Accessing GlassFish Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open a web browser on your system and type the server’s IP in the address bar. You will get the default GlassFish page:


Install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GlassFish. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help 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 idroot.us, 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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