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Installing Apache Tomcat 7.0.x on OS X

I had to install Apache Tomcat recently for a project that I was working on and found a lack of clarity with the instructions that where provided. So I end up founding this article for Wolf Paulus to be a very easy to follow and a helpful set of instructions for properly installing Apache Tomcat on my Mac.

So I thought I would share it:

  1. Download a binary distribution of the core module: apache-tomcat-7.0.33.tar.gz from here. I picked the tar.gz in Binary Distributions / Core section.
  2. Opening/unarchiving the archive will create a folder structure in your Downloads folder:
    ~/Downloads/apache-tomcat-7.0.33
  3. Move the unarchived distribution to /usr/local
    sudo mkdir -p /usr/local
    sudo mv ~/Downloads/apache-tomcat-7.0.33 /usr/local
  4. To make it easy to replace this release with future releases, we are going to create a symbolic link that we are going to use when referring to Tomcat (after removing the old link, you might have from installing a previous version):
    sudo rm -f /Library/Tomcat
    sudo ln -s /usr/local/apache-tomcat-7.0.33 /Library/Tomcat
  5. Change ownership of the /Library/Tomcat folder hierarchy:
    sudo chown -R <your_username> /Library/Tomcat
  6. Make all scripts executable:
    sudo chmod +x /Library/Tomcat/bin/*.sh

 

Side note: Instead of using the start and stop scripts, like so:

/Library/Tomcat/bin/startup.sh
Using CATALINA_BASE: /Library/Tomcat
Using CATALINA_HOME: /Library/Tomcat
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /Library/Tomcat/temp
Using JRE_HOME: /Library/Java/Home
Using CLASSPATH: /Library/Tomcat/bin/bootstrap.jar:/Library/Tomcat/bin/tomcat-juli.jar
/Library/Tomcat/bin/shutdown.sh
Using CATALINA_BASE: /Library/Tomcat
Using CATALINA_HOME: /Library/Tomcat
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /Library/Tomcat/temp
Using JRE_HOME: /Library/Java/Home
Using CLASSPATH: /Library/Tomcat/bin/bootstrap.jar:/Library/Tomcat/bin/tomcat-juli.jar

you may also want to check out Activata’s Tomcat Controller a tiny freeware app, providing a UI to quickly start/stop Tomcat.

Finally, after your started Tomcat, open your browser and take a look at the default page: http://localhost:8080.

Pretty straight forawrd isn’t it!!

It’s also worth checking out Wolf Paulus‘s post and website as he give a bit more extra lit’ tidbits.

Hope this was helpful!

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