How To Install Tomcat 6 on Ubuntu

Apache Tomcat is a servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation. Tomcat implements the Java Servlet and the JavaServer Pages (JSP) specifications from Sun Microsystems, and provides a "pure Java" HTTP web server environment for Java code to run.

1. Install required packages

# sudo apt-get install tomcat6 tomcat6-admin tomcat6-examples

Tomcat depends on a lot of other packages and the package manager will take care of that.

2. Check the services

Make sure the service is responding by entering the following url in a browser:


Replace ipaddress with the ip address of your server

3. Create user and roles for the manager application

Replace the contents of /etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml with something like this:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<role rolename="manager" />
<role rolename="tomcat"/>
<user username="your_username" password="your_password" roles="tomcat,manager"/>

Replace "your_username" and "your_password" with credentials of your choice.

4. Restarting Tomcat and enable auto startup

Restarting Tomcat with the following command:

# sudo service tomcat6 restart

Enable auto startup:

# sudo update-rc.d tomcat6 defaults

5. Enter the manager application with a browser


Replace ipaddress with the ip address of your server

You can browse the examples using the following location:


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