Installing Tomcat on Ubuntu Version 16.04

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1)Update your system:

You need to have the latest version of Ubuntu 16.04 and use the command:

sudo apt-get update

Install Java and use the command:

sudo apt-get install default-jdk

2) You need to update the JAVA_HOME variable:

Find the directory for JAVA_HOME and use the command:

update-alternatives --config java

Copy the directory and type the following:

nano /etc/environment

It will open up with the file that consists of environment variables



The path which are in quotes is the path which you are using and then Save and close the file.

Reload the environment variables to take the effect.

source /etc/environment

You need to make sure that it has worked properly:


And you will be able to see the path you've entered.

3)Create the user to run the Tomcat web server

Let us assume the user as 'abcd'.

groupadd abcd

useradd -s /bin/false -g abcd -d /opt/abcd abcd

And you have to make sure that you know the version of Tomcat that you need to install

You need to make a directory for the Tomcat files:

mkdir /opt/tomcat

Download the Tomcat


wget your-tomcat-link

You need to Unzip the files into the tomcat folder

tar xvf apache-tomcat-8*tar.gz -C /opt/tomcat --strip-components=1

You can also press the Tab key after typing the apache since you will be having only one download in your folder.

You need to also make sure that the folders have the right permissions.

cd /opt/

sudo chown -R tomcat tomcat/

Display the JAVA_HOME path once again, so that you will be able to copy it

nano /etc/systemd/system/tomcat.service

4) Configure the Tomcat

You need to copy and paste the settings below into the tomcat.service file that you have created.  And Edit the JAVA_HOME path to the one that you have copied. Later you need to save and close the file.

Description=Apache Tomcat Web Application Container







Environment='CATALINA_OPTS=-Xms512M -Xmx1024M -server -XX:+UseParallelGC'










And then Reload the SystemD daemon so the service settings which are added is been included.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Now you can start the Tomcat service.

sudo systemctl start tomcat

You need to check the status of your Tomcat server

sudo systemctl status tomcat

Browse to http://your-ip-address:2086

You will be able to see the Tomcat server landing page.


To install Tomcat on Ubuntu version 16.04 follow the below-mentioned steps: