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How to Change the Default Webapp Deployment Location of Tomcat in Eclipse

 When you deploy your Java web application to the Apache Tomcat server, via Eclipse, by default the web app will be deployed under {YOUR_ECLIPSE_WORKSPACE}\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.wst.server.core\tmp{a-number}\wtpwebapps.

Suppose if you want to deploy your web app to a location that is easily navigable, follow these steps.

  1. First make sure you have removed all the web apps that are currently added to your server instance (In servers view, right click on the server name and then Add and Remove).
  2. And then double click on the server instance in servers view which will open up that server’s configuration page.
  3. On that page, see under Server Locations and select either the option Use Tomcat Installation to deploy the web app under the directory where the Tomcat server is installed or Use custom location to manually specify.
  4. Save, Re-add the web application and then Publish.
Tomcat server configuration in Eclipse

Now the deployed web app will be under the directory of your choice.

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