Mac OS X (Snow Leopard): 1-2-3 Minimal Tomcat Install for Developers

This will install Tomcat for developer use – i.e. within your user home path, using your login, not as a service:

  1. Get the tar.gz for Tomcat Core from Apache Tomcat
  2. Change to your private Library: cd ~/Library
  3. Unpack Tomcat, e.g. tar xvfz ~/Downloads/apache-tomcat-6.0.32.tar.gz
  4. Create symbolic link to remain stable even when upgrading: ln -s apache-tomcat-6.0.32 Tomcat


  • Start Tomcat: ~/Library/Tomcat/bin/
  • Stop Tomcat: ~/Library/Tomcat/bin/

Configure at your leasure, e.g. look here for enabling Tomcat Manager Login:

About Reiner

Born 1954 in Ratisbon (Bavaria, Germany), in 1976 punched cards at Berlin Technical University, caught hacking one of its mainframes by Horst Zuse (son of Konrad Zuse), started studying computer science and soon was offered a job whithin their computer department doing systems programming for IBM VM/370. While studying, jobbed around Germany at various places doing all sorts of things, then returned to Berlin to work at SRZ (computer aided typesetting). Never finished my master degree, but chose to take up self-employed work (which didn't turn me rich nor famous). Now working for a mid-sized software company within a very promising department as head of server software development.
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