Apache Tomcat (or simply Tomcat) is an open source web server and servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Tomcat implements the Java Servlet and the JavaServer Pages (
JSP) specifications from Oracle Corporation, and provides a “pure Java”
HTTP web server environment for Java code to run.
If you have any of below questions then you are at right place:
- Several ports (8080, 8081, 8082) required by Tomcat Server at localhost are already in use
- Tomcat Server Error – Port 8080 already in use
- port 8080 required is in use
- port 8080 already in use eclipse
- how to stop port 8080 in windows
tomcat as Windows Service. Running Tomcat as a Windows Service provides a number of benefits that are essential when moving from a development set-up to a production environment.
Benefit-1) Setup reliable automatic startup on boot
- Essential in an environment where you may want to remotely reboot a Java System after maintenance without worrying about whether your server will come back online.
Benefit-2) Setup Tomcat server startup without active user login
- In a data center, it is not reasonable to expect an active login from the system just to run Tomcat. In fact, Tomcat is often run on blade servers that may not even have an active monitor connected to them. Windows Services are owned by the System, and can be started without an active user.
Benefit-3) Better Security
start/stopmy Tomcat Server via command line as wanted to create quick shall script to do it. Official documentation provided below commands in the form of
Available command line options are:
//TS//Run the service as console application This is the default operation. It is called if the no option is provided. The ServiceName is the name of the executable without exe suffix, meaning Tomcat6
//RS//Run the service Called only from ServiceManager
//SS//Stop the service
//US//Update service parameters
//DS//Delete service Stops the service if running
But rather doing it this way I found below commands very useful and simple.
1) Windows (if Tomcat is setup as Windows Service)
Startserver: <Tomcat Root>/bin>Tomcat8.exe start
Stopserver: <Tomcat Root>/bin>Tomcat8.exe stop
2) Windows (if you have downloaded binaries as .zip)
Startserver: <Tomcat Root>/bin>
Stopserver: <Tomcat Root>/bin>
3) Mac/Linux/Unix (if you have downloaded binaries as .zip)
Startserver: <Tomcat Root>/bin>./catalina.sh start
Stopserver: <Tomcat Root>/bin>./catalina.sh stop
Below are all
catalina.sh command parameters:
Usage: catalina.sh ( commands ... )
debug Start Catalina in a debugger
debug -security Debug Catalina with a security manager
jpda start Start Catalina under JPDA debugger
run Start Catalina in the current window
run -security Start in the current window with security manager
start Start Catalina in a separate window
start -security Start in a separate window with security manager
stop Stop Catalina, waiting up to 5 seconds for the process to end
stop n Stop Catalina, waiting up to n seconds for the process to end
stop -force Stop Catalina, wait up to 5 seconds and then use kill -KILL if still running
stop n -force Stop Catalina, wait up to n seconds and then use kill -KILL if still running
configtest Run a basic syntax check on server.xml - check exit code for result
version What version of tomcat are you running?
How to check if Tomcat is already running and kill existing tomcat process.
Step-1) Find out the process using command ps -ef | grep tomcat
bash-3.2$ ps -ef | grep tomcat
502 56188 1 0 7:31PM ttys001 0:04.23 /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_51.jdk/Contents/Home/bin/java -Djava.util.logging.config.file=/Users/appshah/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.5.4/conf/logging.properties -Djava.util.logging.manager=org.apache.juli.ClassLoaderLogManager -Djdk.tls.ephemeralDHKeySize=2048 -classpath /Users/appshah/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.5.4/bin/bootstrap.jar:/Users/appshah/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.5.4/bin/tomcat-juli.jar -Dcatalina.base=/Users/appshah/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.5.4 -Dcatalina.home=/Users/appshah/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.5.4 -Djava.io.tmpdir=/Users/appshah/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.5.4/temp org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap start
502 56618 55587 0 7:34PM ttys001 0:00.00 grep tomcat
Here 2nd column value is a process ID. In our case it’s
You could visit link
http://localhost:8080 and you should see welcome page.
Step-2) Kill process using command kill -9 <process ID>
bash-3.2$ kill -9 56188
56188 is a
process ID which we got it from step-1.
http://localhost:8080/ shouldn’t be working for you.
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