Posted By: Anonymous
I know that I can rename my webapp (or it’s WAR file) to ROOT but this is a terrible way to do it, IMHO. Now I checked out the tomcat doc & it says
It is NOT recommended to place elements directly in the
So I tried doing it another method that it suggested.
Individual Context elements may be explicitly defined: In an
individual file at /META-INF/context.xml inside the application files.
So I created a
/META-INF/context.xml with the following code,
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <Context antiJARLocking="true" path="/"/>
But after deploying when I restarted the server it still failed to load the context at “/”, it still loaded it with the
Any pointers helpful.
What you can do is the following;
Add a file called
This ROOT.xml will override the default settings for the root context of the tomcat installation for that engine and host (Catalina and localhost).
Enter the following to the ROOT.xml file;
<Context docBase="<yourApp>" path="" reloadable="true" />
<yourApp> is the name of, well, your app.. 🙂
And there you go, your application is now the default application and will show up on
However, there is one side effect; your application will be loaded twice. Once for
localhost:8080 and once for
localhost:8080/yourApp. To fix this you can put your application OUTSIDE
<catalina_home>/webapps and use a relative or absolute path in the ROOT.xml’s docBase tag. Something like this;
<Context docBase="/opt/mywebapps/<yourApp>" path="" reloadable="true" />
And then it should be all OK!