Java_logo_and_wordmark.svgThis how-to will show you how to install Tomcat 7.x and JDK 7.x (Java Development Kit) on a CentOS VPS.

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1. Install JDK
Choose the correct version for your OS and download the latest JDK release from

Create a new ‘/usr/java’ directory, move the downloaded ‘jdk’ file to ‘/usr/java’ and change to the created directory:

# mkdir /usr/java && mv jdk-7u4-linux-i586.tar.gz /usr/java/ && cd /usr/java/

Unpack jdk-7u4-linux-i586.tar.gz file:

# tar -xzf jdk-7u4-linux-i586.tar.gz

This will create directory, in our case it’s ‘jdk1.7.0_04’

To set the ‘JAVA_HOME’ path add the lines below to your ‘.bash_profile’ file:

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.7.0_04/
export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin

For the changes to take effect execute:

# source .bash_profile

Check if the ‘JAVA_HOME’ is set correctly:

# echo $JAVA_HOME
# /usr/java/jdk1.7.0_04/

2. Install Tomcat 7

Download the latest Tomcat release (currently 7.0.27) from

# wget

Move the file and change to the ‘/usr/share/’ directory:

# mv apache-tomcat-7.0.27.tar.gz /usr/share/ && cd /usr/share/

Unpack ‘apache-tomcat-7.0.27.tar.gz’ file:

# tar -xzf apache-tomcat-7.0.27.tar.gz

This will create ‘/usr/share/apache-tomcat-7.0.27’ directory. Optionally, you can rename this directory to ‘tomcat7’:

# mv /usr/share/apache-tomcat-7.0.27/ /usr/share/tomcat7

To configure Tomcat 7 to run as a service, change to the ‘/etc/init.d/’:

# cd /etc/init.d/

Using your favorite text editor, create a script called ‘tomcat’ with the following text:

# description: Tomcat Start - Stop - Restart
# processname: tomcat
# chkconfig: 234 20 80
export JAVA_HOME
export PATH

case $1 in
echo "Starting Tomcat"
echo "Stopping Tomcat"
echo "Restarting Tomcat"
echo $"Usage: $0 {start|stop}"
exit 1
exit 0

Make your script executable:

# chmod +x tomcat

Make your Tomcat to start at boot time:

# chkconfig --add tomcat
# chkconfig --level 3 tomcat on

Check if it is setup correctly:

# chkconfig --list tomcat

The default Tomcat port is 8080, so you can try to access it at where you should see Tomcat’s default home page.

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