How To Install Tomcat 7.0.56 Server on CentOS & RHEL 6/5

Apache Tomcat is a opensource webserver product of Apache Foundation like Apache HTTP server. It is used to 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 .


This article will help you to install Tomcat 7 on CentOS/RHEL servers. We are using CentOS 6.5 and installing Apache tomcat 7.0.56. To read more about this release read Tomcat Release Notes.

Step 1: Check JAVA

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

# java -version

java version "1.8.0"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0-b132)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.0-b70, mixed mode)

If you do not have java installed, Use any article Install Java 7 or Install Java 8 in RHEL based systems.

Step 2: Download and Extract Tomcat Archive

Download Apache Tomcat archive file from Apache tomcat official download page. You can use below wget command to download it.

# cd /tmp
# wget

After competed download extract archive file in /tmp directory and move to proper location as per your need. We are placing this under /usr/local directory.

# tar xzf apache-tomcat-7.0.56.tar.gz
# mv apache-tomcat-7.0.56 /usr/local/tomcat7
Step 3: Start Tomcat

Tomcat is very easy to use, There are no need to compile its source. You simple extract the archive and start the tomcat server. Tomcat by default start on port 8080, Make sure no other services are running on same port using ‘telnet localhost 8080′.

# cd /usr/local/tomcat7
# ./bin/

[Sample Output]

Using CATALINA_BASE:   /usr/local/tomcat7
Using CATALINA_HOME:   /usr/local/tomcat7
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /usr/local/tomcat7/temp
Using JRE_HOME:        /opt/jdk1.8.0_05/jre
Using CLASSPATH:       /usr/local/tomcat7/bin/bootstrap.jar:/usr/local/tomcat7/bin/tomcat-juli.jar
Tomcat started.
Step 4: Access Tomcat in Browser

Tomcat server works on port 8080 default. To access Tomcat on web browser by connecting your server on port 8080.


Step 5: 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.

<!-- user manager can access only manager section -->
<role rolename="manager-gui" />
<user username="manager" password="_SECRET_PASSWORD_" roles="manager-gui" />

<!-- user admin can access manager and admin section both -->
<role rolename="admin-gui" />
<user username="admin" password="_SECRET_PASSWORD_" roles="manager-gui,admin-gui" />
Step 6: Stop Tomcat

Finally if you feel that there are no need of Tomcat in your system, You can simply stop it using below command from tomcat home directory.

 # ./bin/

I hope above steps will help you to set up Tomcat 7 on your server. Read our next article to Install Tomcat 7 on Ubuntu. Tomcat 8 stable release is also available to download. Read our next article article to Install Tomcat 8 in Linux



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  1. Hi,

    Thank you so much for this article. This helped me a lot since I’m new to linux. Do you have an article about running multiple instances of tomcat7 on CentOS 6?

  2. Good article. There are even more tips here on Tomcat installation and setup.

  3. Excellent article, Rahul. This helped very much in getting our Tomcat/Eclipse development environment up and running on our Linux servers.

  4. Rahul, you have no clue how much this helped so far. I was struck a whole day figuring out why the way I had installed was not working. Atlast it did work for me perfectly. Thanks alot dude.

  5. short but fully problem describing article

  6. how I can to deploy a WAR archive Java web application into server with CentOS?

  7. great article, it really helped me, as a noob, to understand how to set-up tomcat user accounts, although I used to install and set-up java and tomcat 8 on my centos vps as tomcat 8 is required

    thanks and keep up the great work,

    – cody

  8. How do you configure to start on reboot?

  9. GREAT! Article Rahul, Keep it up, You just save me time…

  10. Thanks for the quick tutorial Rahul. It took all of 5 minutes to get Tomcat 7.0.56 up and running on my Centos 5.x system.

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