In this article, we will explain Steps to install Tomcat on Linux.

Apache Tomcat is an open source web server for Java application of Apache Foundation like Apache HTTP server. It used for deploying Java Servlet and JSP applications. To deploy any application in Tomcat we can simply create a war file and deploy them. For more details about you can visit apache official site TOMCAT

Command to check Java version in Linux

JAVA is the first requirement for Tomcat 7 installation. Make sure you have JAVA SE 6 or Later version installed in your system. Use the following command to check if you have java installed already on your system.

Download the latest Tomcat7 version 7.0.62 for Linux

Transfer the downloaded zip file to your server where you wish to install tomcat. In this example – I have transferred to /opt/

unzip the transferred file apache-tomcat-7.0.62.zip

You may rename apache-tomcat-7.0.62 to tomcat but it’s entirely on you. This concluded tomcat installation is done and now will start to ensure installation is successful.

  • Go to apache-tomcat-7.0.62/bin folder
  • Execute startup.sh to start the tomcat

If you are getting permission denied while executing sh file then you need to change the permission to sh file as executable.

Now, let’s try to start tomcat service.

As you can see Tomcat is started. By default, Tomcat listens on 8080 port so you may wish to access tomcat by http://servername:8080 and you will have a welcome page like below.

Setup User Accounts

Finally, we need to create user accounts to secure and access admin/manager pages. Edit conf/tomcat-users.xml file in your editor and paste inside <tomcat-users> </tomcat-users> tags.