Apache Tomcat is one of the oldest & most widely used open-source web server that is used to serve java-based web-pages, it executes Java servlets and renders Web pages that include Java Server Page coding. It has been used by a number of organizations for serving java web pages. It generally runs JSP, Servlet, etc.

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In this tutorial, we will learn to install Tomcat on Centos/RedHAT. Let’s start with the pre-requisites for tomcat installation.


We need to have JAVA installed on the system before we can install tomcat on our systems. To install java 8, use the following command,

# yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

You can refer to this tutorial for detailed instructions on installing java.

Install Tomcat

We will first create a separate user for using the apache tomcat,

# useradd tomcat-user

If required, create a password for user as well,

# passwd tomcat-user

Next, we will create a directory which will act as home directory for tomcat installation,

# mkdir /data/tomcat

# chown tomcat-user:tomat-user /data/tomcat

Now switch to tomcat-user & we will then download the tomcat,

# su – tomcat-user

$ wget http://mirrors.estointernet.in/apache/tomcat/tomcat-8/v8.5.50/bin/apache-tomcat-8.5.50.tar.gz

Now extract the package to tomcat directory,

$ tar -xvzf apache-tomcat-8.5.50.tar.gz -C /data/tomcat

Our tomcat installation is ready & we can now start tomcat by running the startup script,

$ sh /data/tomcat/bin/startup.sh

But we will create a service script to start & stop tomcat. Revert back to root user to create the service file,

# vi /etc/systemd/system/tomcat.service


Description=Apache Tomcat Web Application Container

After=syslog.target network.target







Environment=’CATALINA_dataS=-Xms512M -Xmx1024M -server -XX:+UseParallelGC’

Environment=’JAVA_dataS=-Djava.awt.headless=true -Djava.security.egd=file:/dev/./urandom’


ExecStop=/bin/kill -15 $MAINPID





Now save the file & exit. Load the newly created service into systemd with this command,

# systemctl daemon-reload

We can now start & stop service using the systemctl,

# systemctl start tomcat

You can now check the tomcat installation by opening the following URL on web browser,

install tomcat

Next step would be to configure users for management interface of tomat.

Configuring Tomcat

Apache tomcat is now ready to be started but before we do that we need to assign credentials to access ‘Manager’ & ‘GUI’ page of tomcat, as by default no user name and pasword is setup. To asisgn the credentials, we will use the ‘/opt/tomcat/conf/tomcat-users.xml ‘ file,

$ vim /opt/tomcat/conf/tomcat-users.xml

& make the following entries to the file,

<role rolename=”manager-gui” />

<user username=”manager” password=”Password@123″ roles=”manager-gui” />

<role rolename=”admin-gui” />

<user username=”admin” password=”Password@123″ roles=”admin-gui” />

Make sure that you make these entries before the tag ‘tomcat-users’, i.e. make above entries before the below mentioned lines,

<tomcat-users xmlns=”http://tomcat.apache.org/xml”


xsi:schemaLocation=”http://tomcat.apache.org/xml tomcat-users.xsd”


Once done, save the file & exit. We need to make another change, though this is completely optional & completely depends on how you will access the manager page.We can only access the manager page from the browser on localhost but it we to access it on some other remote machines, we need to modify the ‘context.html’ for manager to comment the lines which disables the remote login,

$ vi /opt/tomcat/webapps/manager/META-INF/context.xml

<Context antiResourceLocking=”false” privileged=”true” >

<!– <Valve className=”org.apache.catalina.valves.RemoteAddrValve”

allow=”127\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+|::1|0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1″ /> –>


Same is to be for host-manager’s context file as well,

$ vi /opt/tomcat/webapps/host-manager/META-INF/context.xml

<Context antiResourceLocking=”false” privileged=”true” >

<!– <Valve className=”org.apache.catalina.valves.RemoteAddrValve”

allow=”127\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+|::1|0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1″ /> –>


Now save the file & exit. We can now enter the management interface for tomcat but first we need to restart the apache tomcat,

# systemctl stop tomcat

# systemctl start tomcat

We can now access the management page with the credentials that we have provided above in the configuration. That’s it, we now end this tutorial on how to install Tomcat on CentOS/RedHAT. Please feel free to send in any questions, queries or suggestions using the comment box below.

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