In this tutorial, we will explain how to install GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.1 on a Centos 7.1 VPS. GlassFish is an open-source application server project and it’s Oracle’s concrete implementation of Java EE. This guide should work on other Linux VPS systems as well but was tested and written for a Centos 7 VPS.
Table of Contents
1. Login to your VPS via SSH
2. Update the system and install necessary packages
[root]$ yum -y update [root]$ yum install unzip wget
3. Create a new system user
Create a new user for the Glassfish server:
[root]$ adduser \ --comment 'Glassfish User' \ --home-dir /home/glassfish \ glassfish
4. Install Oracle JDK 8
GlassFish 4.1 requires JDK 8 u20 or above. Use the command below to download the Oracle JDK 8 from the command line using wget:
[root]$ wget --no-cookies \ --no-check-certificate \ --header "Cookie: oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" \ "http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u45-b14/jdk-8u45-linux-x64.rpm" \ -O jdk-8u45-linux-x64.rpm
Once the rpm package is downloaded, install it with:
[root]$ yum install jdk-8u45-linux-x64.rpm
To check if JAVA has been properly installed on your CentOS box run
java -version, and the output should be similar to the following:
[root]$ java -version java version "1.8.0_45" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_45-b14) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.45-b02, mixed mode)
5. Download and extract the GlassFish 4.1 archive
Switch to the glassfish user:
[root]$ su - glassfish
As the glassfish user, download and extract the latest GlassFish 4.1 archive
[glassfish]$ wget http://download.java.net/glassfish/4.1/release/glassfish-4.1.zip [glassfish]$ unzip glassfish-4.1.zip [glassfish]$ rm -f glassfish-4.1.zip
Switch back to the root user:
6. Create systemd service
To create a new systemd service for GlassFish, open your editor of choice and create a new file:
[root]$ nano /etc/systemd/system/glassfish.service
and add the following code lines:
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[Unit] Description = GlassFish Server v4.1 After = syslog.target network.target [Service] User=glassfish ExecStart = /usr/bin/java -jar /home/glassfish/glassfish4/glassfish/lib/client/appserver-cli.jar start-domain ExecStop = /usr/bin/java -jar /home/glassfish/glassfish4/glassfish/lib/client/appserver-cli.jar stop-domain ExecReload = /usr/bin/java -jar /home/glassfish/glassfish4/glassfish/lib/client/appserver-cli.jar restart-domain Type = forking [Install] WantedBy = multi-user.target
Start the glassfish server and set it to start automatically on boot:
systemctl enable glassfish.service systemctl start glassfish.service
To verify the unit started, run
journalctl -f -u glassfish.service and you should see something like below:
[root]$ journalctl -f -u glassfish.service Apr 26 17:36:13 vps systemd: Starting GlassFish Server v4.1... Apr 26 17:36:19 vps java: Waiting for domain1 to start ..... Apr 26 17:36:19 vps java: Successfully started the domain : domain1 Apr 26 17:36:19 vps java: domain Location: /home/glassfish/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1 Apr 26 17:36:19 vps java: Log File: /home/glassfish/glassfish4/glassfish/domains/domain1/logs/server.log Apr 26 17:36:19 vps java: Admin Port: 4848 Apr 26 17:36:19 vps java: Command start-domain executed successfully. Apr 26 17:36:19 vps systemd: Started GlassFish Server v4.1.
7. Firewall configuration
The default GlassFish port numbers are:
- Administration: 4848
- HTTP listener: 8080
- HTTPS listener: 8181
For example to open port 8080 in the firewall, run:
firewall-cmd --zone=pubic --add-port=8080/tcp --permanent firewall-cmd --reload
That’s it. You have successfully installed your GlassFish . For more information about GlassFish , please refer to the Glassfish website.
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7 thoughts on “Install GlassFish 4.1 on Centos 7”
firewall-cmd –zone=pubic -> firewall-cmd –zone=public
very usefull, thx.
Why new user is required for glassfish and you have not provided any set of permissions to that user then what is the need of creating a new user and install glassfish under that? Can it be installed under /opt or /usr/local?
GlassFish should not be run under the root user and you can install it any location.
Job for glassfish.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See “systemctl status glassfish.service” and “journalctl -xe” for details.
i has problem like that. But i can start with ./asadmin
where you able to fix this error. I tired the steps above but am getting the same error
this is just because you havent created glassfish user.
Excellent tutorial. It helped me a lot.