How To Install Jetty on Debian 9

Install Jetty on Debian 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Jetty on a server running Debian 9. The Eclipse Jetty Web Server provides an HTTP server and Servlet container capable of serving static and dynamic content either from a standalone or embedded instantiation. It is designed to be lightweight, high-performance, embeddable, extensible, and flexible, thus making it an ideal platform for serving dynamic HTTP requests from any Java application.


We will be using our Debian 9 Linux VPS template for this tutorial. You will also need a user with root access, or the root user itself.

1. Connect to your Server

To connect to your server via SSH as the root user, use the following command:


and replace “IP_ADDRESS” and “PORT_NUMBER” with your actual server IP address and SSH port number.

Once logged in, make sure that your server is up-to-date by running the following commands:

$ apt-get update
$ apt-get upgrade

Also, install unzip and a text editor of your choice. We will use nano as our text editor:

$ apt-get install nano unzip

2. Install Java via PPA on Debian 9

We will use the PPA repository maintained by the Webupd8 Team for installing Java on Debian 9. The install script will ask you to accept the license agreement, after which it will download the Java archive file from the Oracle download page and set up everything for you.

To add the Webupd8 Team PPA repository, run the following commands on your server:

echo "deb xenial main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-java.list
echo "deb-src xenial main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-java.list
apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys EEA14886
apt-get update

You can now install JDK8 with the following command:

$ apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

To check if everything is installed and set up correctly, run:

$ java -version

and you should see something similar to the following:

java version "1.8.0_191"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode)

3. Install Jetty 9

Install some modules that are required by Jetty with the following command:

$ apt-get install authbind glassfish-jmac-api libapache-pom-java libasm-java libatinject-jsr330-api-java libcommons-dbcp-java libcommons-logging-java
libcommons-parent-java libcommons-pool-java libecj-java libjetty9-extra-java libjetty9-java libmail-java libservlet3.1-java libspring-beans-java
libspring-core-java libtaglibs-standard-impl-java libtaglibs-standard-spec-java libtomcat8-java

In this tutorial we will install Jetty 9.3 – we can get the latest version of jetty from the Jetty download page.

Download Jetty 9.3.12 package:

 $ wget -c

Note: Release notes can be found in theVERSION.txtfile included with the distribution

Extract the Jetty package:

$ unzip

Rename the directory to jetty and move it to /opt:

$ mv jetty-distribution-9.3.12.v20160915 jetty
$ mv jetty /opt

We will create a user and group named jetty. First create the group first:

$ sudo addgroup --quiet --system jetty

Create a user called jetty to run the Jetty web server on system start-up.

$ adduser --quiet --system --ingroup jetty --no-create-home --disabled-password jetty

Modify the /etc/passwd entry to change home and group for the jetty user.

$ usermod -c "Jetty" -d /opt/jetty -g jetty jetty

Change ownership of /opt/jetty directory to user jetty and group jetty.

$ chown -R jetty:jetty /opt/jetty

Symlink the script to the /etc/init.d/ directory to create a startup script file:

$ ln -s /opt/jetty/bin/ /etc/init.d/jetty

Now, you need to create a configuration file for Jetty. Open a file:

$ nano /etc/default/jetty

Now paste the following:


Don’t forget to add your server IP address in the JETTY_HOST line.

Navigate to the Jetty installation directory:

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# cd /opt/jetty

Next, delete the webapps directory since there is nothing in it and copy the webapps directory from demo-base. It is a test and is demo data from Jetty.

$ rm -rf webapps/

$ cp -r demo-base/webapps/ /opt/jetty/

Finally, start the Jetty server:

$ service jetty start

4. Access the Jetty Installation

Jetty runs on port 8080. To access your Jetty installation you will need to type the following URL in your web browser: http://your-ip-address:8080/

How To Install Jetty on Debian 9

To deploy a WAR file, copy it into /opt/jetty/webapps and restart the server. The root URL of the web app will be http://your_IP_address:8080/war_name/ where war_name is the name of your war file.

Congratulations. You have successfully installed Jetty on your Debian 9 VPS. You can now check the Jetty documentation for more information.

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