How to Install Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS

In this article, We are going to perform How to Install Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS system.


Apache Tomcat is an open source implementation of Java Server pages ,Java Servlet and Java Websocket Technologies developed by Apache Software foundation. It is most widely used to deploy JSP and Java Servlet applications.

Step 1: Install and verify java version

Tomcat requires Java JDK to be function, we can either install Open JDK or Oracle JAVA JDK. In this installation we have preinstalled Oracle Java 8, if you are not installed follow below link to install.

How to Download and Install Oracle Java 8 On Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS

$ java -version


java version "1.8.0_211"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_211-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.211-b12, mixed mode)

Step 2: Creating directory

First , we are creating directory before downloading and extracting tomcat 8 setup, Enter below command to create directory

$ sudo mkdir -p /opt/tomcat

Step 3: Creating tomcat user and group

We have to run tomcat with it’s own group and user without root privileges to run tomcat service. Enter below command to create group.

$ sudo groupadd tomcat


sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting

sent invalidate(group) request, exiting

sent invalidate(group) request, exiting

Enter below command to create user in tomcat group with /opt/tomcat directory permission .

$ sudo useradd -s /bin/false -g tomcat -d /opt/tomcat tomcat


sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting

sent invalidate(group) request, exiting

sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting

sent invalidate(group) request, existing

Step 4: Download and Install Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS

Download the latest binary release version from tomcat 8 download page and configure it manually. In this article we are configuring tomcat 8.5.43 version and we are using wget and unzip commands to download and extract the setup, if you don’t have installed on your system, enter below command to install.

$ sudo apt install unzip wget

Change to /tmp directory and Download the setup using below command.

$ cd /tmp

$ wget


Resolving (

Connecting to (||:443... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK

Length: 10301260 (9.8M) [application/zip]

Saving to: ‘’ 100%[========================>]   9.82M  35.6MB/s    in 0.3s

Once download is complete, you will see output like above. Unzip/extract and move to /opt/tomcat/ directory.

$ unzip apache-tomcat-*.zip

$ sudo mv apache-tomcat-8.5.43/*   /opt/tomcat/

To have control on over versions and updates, we will create symbolic link latest which will point tomcat installation directory. when newer version comes and when you want to upgrade then you have to change symlink to new latest verision.

$ sudo ln -s /opt/tomcat /opt/tomcat/latest

change the directory ownership permission to user and group  tomcat.

$ sudo chown -R tomcat: /opt/tomcat

Make all scripts in the bin location executable.

$ sudo sh -c 'chmod +x /opt/tomcat/latest/bin/*.sh'

Step 5: Configure Environment variables

$ echo "export CATALINA_HOME="/opt/tomcat"" >> ~/.bashrc
$ source ~/.bashrc

Step 6: Create Systemd unit file

To run Tomcat as a service we will create a new tomcat.service unit file in the /etc/systemd/system/ directory with the following contents:

$ sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/tomcat.service

Description=Tomcat 8.5 servlet container
[Service] Type=forking User=tomcat Group=tomcat
Environment="JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/default-java" Environment=""
Environment="CATALINA_BASE=/opt/tomcat/latest" Environment="CATALINA_HOME=/opt/tomcat/latest" Environment="CATALINA_PID=/opt/tomcat/latest/temp/" Environment="CATALINA_OPTS=-Xms512M -Xmx1024M -server -XX:+UseParallelGC"
ExecStart=/opt/tomcat/latest/bin/ ExecStop=/opt/tomcat/latest/bin/

Notify systemd that we created a new unit file and start the Tomcat service by executing:

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

$ sudo systemctl start tomcat

You can check the service status with the below command:

$ sudo systemctl status tomcat


tomcat.service - Tomcat 8.5 servlet container

 Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/tomcat.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)

   Active: active (running) since Wed 2019-08-21 05:58:36 UTC; 11s ago

  Process: 88136 ExecStart=/opt/tomcat/latest/bin/ (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

 Main PID: 88156 (java)

    Tasks: 50

   Memory: 143.4M

      CPU: 3.701s

   CGroup: /system.slice/tomcat.service

           └─88156 /usr/lib/jvm/default-java/bin/java -Djava.util.logging.config.file=/opt/tomcat/latest/conf/ -Djava.util.logging.manager=org.apache.juli.ClassLoaderL

and if there are no errors you can enable the Tomcat service to be automatically started at system startup:

$ sudo systemctl enable tomcat


Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi- to /etc/systemd/system/tomcat.service.

Step 7: Adjust the Firewall

To allow traffic on port 8080 enter the below command:

$ sudo ufw allow 8080/tcp

Step 7: Test the Installation

Open your browser and type:  http://localhost_or_IP Address:8080 If installation is successful, you will see tomcat default page like below,

install tomcat 8 on ubuntu

Step 7: Start, Restart and Stop tomcat in ubuntu

Below are commands to start,restart and stop tomcat service in ubuntu,

$ sudo systemctl start tomcat

$ sudo systemctl restart tomcat

$ sudo systemctl stop tomcat

To learn more about Tomcat 8 features. Please refer official documentation.


In this article, we have installed Apache Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS, created tomcat user and group, downloaded tomcat and extracted,configured environment variables, created systemd unit file, opened firewall port.

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13 thoughts on “How to Install Tomcat 8 on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS”

  1. I must say, you are sharing valuable tips around Ubuntu.

    I see many companies are using Ubuntu right now. And plenty of regular users too, who are tight with the budget and can’t afford Windows. I used to do so too.

    But, haven’t gone that deeper into Ubuntu OS. Though, I see it’s undervalued being free. OR, Maybe that’s the reason. Thanks, Shiv!

  2. Hey Shivdas Kanade,

    Great post with great tips. I truly like the post and especially the tips that you have made to install Tomcat8 on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04 LTS. Your all the suggested steps are helpful, easy to understand and follow, whereas following these tips will helps a lot and allow the users to install Tomcat8.

    Really helpful post and thanks for sharing.

  3. Excellent, bro!

    Difficult to blog on technical niches because it needs to have lots of in-depth knowledge on it.

    You look very knowledgeable in your domain.

    Keep up the good work.

    All the best!

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