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Installing and Running Jetty

This tutorial will walk you through how to download, install and run Jetty – a 100 % Java HTTP and Servlet Container.

If you do not know Jetty, the following is what Wikipedia says about it:

Jetty is a pure Java-based HTTP server and servlet container (Application server) developed as a free and open source project as part of the Eclipse Foundation. It is currently used in products such as ActiveMQ,[1]Alfresco[2]Apache Geronimo,[3]Apache MavenGoogle App Engine,[4]Eclipse,[5]FUSE,[6]HP OpenViewJBoss,[7]Liferay,[8]UbuntuTwitter’s Streaming API[9] and Zimbra.[10] Jetty is also used as a standard Java application server by many open source projects such as Eucalyptus and Hadoop.

I am doing some experiments, and I decided to use Jetty instead of TomCat.

So let’s get this server up and running!

1 – Downloading

You can download Jetty from two sources: Eclipse or Codehaus.

  1. http://jetty.codehaus.org/jetty/
  2. http://www.eclipse.org/jetty/downloads.php

The current stable version is 7, so I downloaded this one from Eclipse page.

The compressed file is platform independent. So if you use Mac, Linux or Windows, that is ok, it will run on any OS.

2 – Installing

Simply uncompress the file to a directory. You should have something like this:











Installation is complete! Let’s get it running.

3 – Running Jetty

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Go to the Jetty installation directory.
  3. Enter the following command:
java -jar start.jar

Now open a browser and go to localhost to check if Jetty was installed sucessfully:

http://localhost:8080/

You should get a page like this:

And it is done!

 

From http://loianegroner.com/2011/07/installing-and-running-jetty/

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