Apache Tomcat on Fedora 12
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Apache Tomcat is a free and open source software implementation for Java Servlets. It provides support for the Java Server Pages (JSP) that power many popular web-based applications.
This guide assumes that you have a working installation of Fedora 12, and that you have followed our Setting Up and Securing a Compute Instance to get your system working and up to date. If you are new to Linux server administration, you may be interested in our introduction to Linux concepts guide, beginner’s guide and administration basics guide.
Install Apache Tomcat
Install the latest version of Tomcat 6 with the following command:
yum update yum install tomcat6 tomcat6-webapps tomcat6-admin-webapps java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel.i686 chkconfig tomcat6 on
This command will install the tomcat6 service, as well as the OpenJDK runtime environment and developer tools. Start the tomcat6 service with the following command:
service tomcat6 start
Tomcat should now be totally functional. In the future, if you need to start, stop, or restart, you can use the following commands:
service tomcat6 start service tomcat6 stop service tomcat6 restart
Test and use Tomcat
You can test your Tomcat installation by pointing your browser to
http://[yourdomain-or-ip-address]:8080/. By default, files are located at
At this point, you may want to create a user to access the “Tomcat Manager” web application. This will give you some information concerning your Tomcat instance, as well as some demo applications for testing. To add a user, edit the
/etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml file to include the following line, substituting your own username and password. Make sure you keep the “manager” role.
- File: /etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml
<user name="username" password="examplemorris" roles="manager" />
Once you have saved the
tomcat-users.xml file, restart the tomcat6 service with the following command:
service tomcat6 restart
At this point, you will be able to log in to the Tomcat Manager application and begin deploying Java Servlets with Apache Tomcat!
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