The Servlet 4.0 specification is out and Tomcat 9.0.x does support it. Time to dive into Tomcat 9. [updated on Sep.2.2018]
Since OS X 10.7 Java is not (pre-)installed anymore, let’s fix that first. As I’m writing this, Java 11.0.1 is the latest version and AdoptOpenJDK is one of the best places to find Prebuilt OpenJDK Binaries. Easy to follow details about how to install OpenJDK are available here. Anyway, after opening the Terminal app again,
hopefully shows something like this:
openjdk version "11.0.1" 2018-10-16
OpenJDK Runtime Environment 18.9 (build 11.0.1+13)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM 18.9 (build 11.0.1+13, mixed mode)
Whatever you do, when opening Terminal and running ‘java -version’, you should see something like this, with a version of at least 1.8.x I.e. Tomcat 9.x requires Java 8 or later.
JAVA_HOME is an important environment variable, not just for Tomcat, and it’s important to get it right. Here is a trick that allows me to keep the environment variable current, even after a Java Update was installed. In ~/.bash_profile, I set the variable like so:
Here are the easy to follow steps to get it up and running on your Mac
- Download a binary distribution of the core module: apache-tomcat-9.0.13 from here. I picked the tar.gz in Binary Distributions / Core section.
- Opening/unarchiving the archive will create a new folder structure in your Downloads folder: (btw, this free Unarchiver app is perfect for all kinds of compressed files and superior to the built-in Archive Utility.app)
- Open to Terminal app to move the unarchived distribution to /usr/local
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local
sudo mv ~/Downloads/apache-tomcat-9.0.13 /usr/local
- To make it easy to replace this release with future releases, we are going to create a symbolic link that we are going to use when referring to Tomcat (after removing the old link, you might have from installing a previous version):
sudo rm -f /Library/Tomcat
sudo ln -s /usr/local/apache-tomcat-9.0.13 /Library/Tomcat
- Change ownership of the /Library/Tomcat folder hierarchy:
sudo chown -R <your_username> /Library/Tomcat
- Make all scripts executable:
sudo chmod +x /Library/Tomcat/bin/*.sh
Instead of using the start and stop scripts, like so:
you may also want to check out Activata’s Tomcat Controller, or here a tiny freeware app, providing a UI to quickly start/stop Tomcat. It may not say so, but Tomcat Controller works on macOS 10.14 just fine.
Finally, after your started Tomcat, open your Mac’s Web browser and take a look at the default page: http://localhost:8080