How To Install Tomcat on Debian 10 Buster

Install Tomcat on Debian 10 Buster

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Apache Tomcat on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Tomcat is an open-source web server and servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation. It implements the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java Unified Expression Language, and Java WebSocket specifications from Sun Microsystems and provides a web server environment for Java code to run in.

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 Apache Tomcat 9 on a Debian 10 (Buster) server.

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10.
  • 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 Apache Tomcat on Debian 10

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt update
apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Java.

Tomcat 9.0 requires Java SE 8 or later to be installed on the server. Run the following command to install the OpenJDK package:

sudo apt install default-jdk

Verify installed Java version:

java -version

Step 3. Installing Apache Tomcat on Debian 10.

For best practice, Tomcat should never be run as a privileged user (root). We recommend you create a separate system user which will run the Tomcat server. Therefore, issue the following command:

sudo useradd -m -U -d /opt/tomcat -s /bin/false tomcat

The first thing to do is to go to Apache Tomcat’s download page and download the latest stable version of Apache Tomcat, At the moment of writing this article it is version 9.0.27:

cd /tmp
tar -xf apache-tomcat-9.0.27.tar.gz
sudo mv apache-tomcat-9.0.27 /opt/tomcat/

Change the ownership of the extracted directory:

sudo chown -R tomcat: /opt/tomcat

Make the scripts inside the bin directory executable:

sudo sh -c 'chmod +x /opt/tomcat/latest/bin/*.sh'

Let’s create a systemd init file so you can start/restart/stop Tomcat:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/tomcat.service
Description=Tomcat 9.0 servlet container




Environment="CATALINA_OPTS=-Xms512M -Xmx1024M -server -XX:+UseParallelGC"



Notify systemd that a new unit file exists and starts the Tomcat service by typing:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start tomcat

Step 4. Configuring Firewall for Tomcat.

You may need to allow Tomcat server requests in the firewall so that we can access the application from the external network:

sudo ufw allow 8080

Step 5. Test the Installation

Finally, open apache tomcat from your browser, go to your IP or domain with the 8080 port (because Tomcat will always run on the 8080 port) as an example:, replace with your IP or domain.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Tomcat. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache Tomcat on Ubuntu Debian 10 Buster system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Apache Tomcat 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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