Apache Tomcat is fully compatible with Redhat, CentOS, Ubuntu & other major Linux distributions. We are going to install Apache tomcat on Redhat Linux.

Step 1: Download latest version tomcat from http://tomcat.apache.org

# cd /var
# wget http://mirror.symnds.com/software/Apache/tomcat/tomcat-8/v8.0.14/bin/apache-tomcat-8.0.14.tar.gz

download latest tomcat version

Step 2: Download JDK for Java environment

# wget http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u25-b17/jdk-8u25-linux-x64.tar.gz

Download JDK for Java environment

# tar -xvzf apache-tomcat-8.0.14.tar.gz
# mv apache-tomcat-8.0.14 tomcat8
# vi /var/tomcat8/conf/server.xml
<Connector port="8080" protocol="HTTP/1.1"
redirectPort="8443" />
<Connector port="8009" protocol="AJP/1.3" redirectPort="8443" />
<Engine name="Catalina" defaultHost="loaclhost">

Now you can define your Apache tomcat Port. As above I have defined 8080 as my Apache tomcat port.


server.xml is tomcat’s main configuration file. It serves two goals:
1. Providing initial configuration for the Tomcat components.
2. Specifying structure for Tomcat, meaning, letting Tomcat boot and build itself by instantiating components as specified in server.xml

Step 3 Define Java Home for Apache Tomcat

# vi /var/tomcat8/bin/catalina.sh

CATALINA_OPTS=”-Dnet.spy.log.LoggerImpl=net.spy.memcached.compat.log.SunLogger -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.ssl=false -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote.authenticate=false ”

JAVA_OPTS=”-server -d64 -Xms4096m -Xmx4096m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -XX:MaxNewSize=4096M -XX:ParallelGCThreads=4 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.client.gcInterval=1800000 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.server.gcInterval=1800000 -XX:-EliminateLocks -XX:+UseParallelGC -XX:+ExplicitGCInvokesConcurrent -XX:+UseStringCache -XX:+OptimizeStringConcat -XX:+DoEscapeAnalysis -XX:+UseFastAccessorMethods -Xrs -XX:+ForceTimeHighResolution -XX:+AggressiveOpts -XX:+UseCompressedOops -Dorg.apache.jasper.compiler.Parser.STRICT_QUOTE_ESCAPING=false

-Djavax.net.ssl.keyStore=/tmp/vanilla/52.keystore -Djavax.net.ssl.keyStorePassword=changeit”

#-Djavax.net.ssl.trustStore=/opt/tomcat/keystore.jks -Djavax.net.ssl.trustStorePassword=changeit”

catalina.sh file

Now, check the version of tomcat and JDK.

check version of tomcat and jdk

How to start tomcat services

# sh /var/tomcat88/bin/startup.sh

How to stop tomcat services

# sh /var/tomcat88/bin/shutdown.sh

Various Directories description for Tomcat

  • bin: Contains startup/shutdown… scripts
  • conf: Contains various configuration files including server.xml (Tomcat’s main configuration file) and web.xml that sets the default values for the various web applications deployed in Tomcat.
  • doc: Contains miscellaneous documents regarding Tomcat.
  • lib: Contains various jar files that are used by Tomcat. On UNIX any file in this directory is appended to Tomcat’s classpath.
  • logs: This is where Tomcat places it’s log files.
  • src: The servlet APIs source files. Don’t get excited, though; these are only the empty interfaces and abstract classes that should be implemented by any servlet container.
  • webapps: Contains sample web applications.

Now check tomcat is configured correctly or not.


You should get the following output.

check if tomcat is configured correctly