Installing Tomcat 9 on Mac OS X El Capitan is actually quite easy.
The Mac OS X installation process is fairly painless and straight forward, but there are a few rough spots along the way. Follow these step by step instructions to get Tomcat up and running on your Mac OS X machine in no time.
Configure Environment Variables
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The JDK installer package come in an dmg and installs easily on the Mac; and after opening the Terminal app again,
Now shows something like this:
java version "1.8.0_66"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_66-b17)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.66-b17, mixed mode)
Whatever you do, when opening Terminal and running java -version, you should see something like this, with a version of at least 1.7.x I.e. Tomcat 9.x requires Java 7 or later.
JAVA_HOME is an important environment variable, not just for Tomcat, and it’s important to get it right.
To set the JAVA_HOME variable, open a new Terminal window and use the following command to open the system profile for editing. (You can substitute your favorite text editor. We like Vim.):
Once you’ve opened the profile, add the following lines to set the
1. Download Tomcat from the official website (tomcat.apache.org), select Tar.gz format under the Core section
2. Extract the Tomcat to directory:
/Library, in order to facilitate the use, rename the folder to
3. Open Terminal, modify folder permissions
sudo chmod 755 /Library/Tomcat/bin/*.sh
4. Press the Enter key, then you will be prompted for a password, enter the administrator password. Then continue with the following command to open the tomcat service
sudo sh startup.sh
5. Open the browser and enter
http://localhost:8080/, press Enter.
If you see the Apache Tomcat, this means Tomcat has successfully run
That is it! You should now be able to access Apache Tomcat’s welcome page on
http://localhost:8080. If you wish to make stopping Tomcat 9, use this command:
sudo sh /Library/Tomcat/bin/shutdown.sh