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In order to Run Tomcat as a linux service, you should follow these steps:

  1. Install the wrapper service
  2. Create a tomcat environment definition script
  3. Create a tomcat launcher script
  4. Configure the wrapper service to run tomcat
  5. Link the tomcat launcher script to the init scripts directory
  6. Link the tomcat init script to the revelant init levels

Install the wrapper service

Download the wrapper service binaries for Linux (

Copy the binaries as defined in (

  • copy the wrapper file in $(tomcat.home)/bin,
  • copy the file in $(tomcat.home)/bin and rename it to tomcat.

Edit the newly renamed tomcat file to ensure the following lines are defined.

Create the tomcat environment definition script

Create the $(server.home)/tomcat.env file with the content (dont forget to expand the $(xxx) variables with your defined values)

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