How To Install GlassFish on CentOS 7

r00t June 21, 2015

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For those of you who didn’t know, GlassFish is a popular app server that can run java based web applications for you. GlassFish 4.1 release supports the latest Java Platform: Enterprise Edition 7. It supports Enterprise JavaBeans, JPA, JavaServer Faces, JMS, RMI, JavaServer Pages, servlets, etc.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation GlassFish on CentOS 7.

Step 1. First of all make sure that all packages are up to date.

Step 2. Install Java JDK 8 on CentOS 7.

At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest Java JDK version was JDK 8u45. First, let us download the latest Java SE Development Kit 8 release from its official download page or use following commands to download from shell:

After extracting archive file use alternatives command to install it. alternatives command is available in chkconfig package:

At this point JAVA 8 (JDK 8u45) has been successfully installed on your system. We also recommend to setup javac and jar commands path using alternatives:

Checking Installed java version:

Step 3. Install GlassFish.

GlassFish should not run under root privileges, to run it as a non-root user we will create a user glassfish. If you wish to run glassfish as root simply skip this step and perform everything as root, however I strongly discourage that. The user’s home directory will be glassfish directory:

Download the latest stable version of GlassFish, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.1:

Switch back to the root user:

Step 4. Create systemd service.

To create a new systemd service for GlassFish, open your editor of choice and create a new file:

Add the following code lines:

Start the glassfish server and set it to start automatically on boot:

Verify the unit started:

Step 5. Configure firewall rule for GlassFish.

Step 6. Accessing GlassFish.

GlassFish will be available on HTTP port 8080 by default also port 4848 by administration. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com:8080 or http://server-ip:4848 and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 8080 and 4848 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed GlassFish. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GlassFish on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official GlassFish web site.

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