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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Installing Apache tomcat on Mac OS X Lion using homebrew

It is hard to overestimate how much I am grateful for the homebrew Mac OS X package manager.

Today I needed to setup Apache Tomcat on a OS X Lion machine. I already have homebrew installed and have used it to install a bunch of stuff.

All that is needed is:
$ brew install tomcat

I'll admit that this failed the first time that I tried it but running 'brew update' and then 'brew install tomcat' sorted that out - I guess if you've not used it for a while you should run 'brew update' as it is still evolving quite rapildly.

That installs the code into /usr/local/Cellar/tomcat/7.0.28

To start/stop the server from the command line you use the catalina shell script
/usr/local/Cellar/tomcat/7.0.28/bin/catalina run
/usr/local/Cellar/tomcat/7.0.28/bin/catalina stop

When it is running you can go to http://localhost:8080 and see a default tomcat information page with lots more info.

For me that default port is a problem as it is also the default for my nginx installation. But changing it is easy enough. Edit /usr/local/Cellar/tomcat/7.0.28/libexec/conf/server.xml and replace the instances of 808 with your preferred port. Rerun catalina and then go to your preferred URL.

For my purposes I want to start and stop the server manually but check the documents for how to link it to an instance of Apache.


Eko said...

having trouble running tomcat in mac os x, I just know about thins homebrew!

ar1g said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this useful post. homebrew rocks!

The Geeks said...

hi...Im student from Informatics engineering nice article,
thanks for sharing :)

Jairo Gatjens said...

You can actually just call

catalina star


catalina stop

After running the brew installer.

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