Apache Tomcat is an open source, straightforward servlet container and web server. Also known as Jakarta Tomcat, this implementation of Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies is available for commercial use under the ASF license in binary and source versions. Tomcat supports Win, Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris, AIX and z/OS
Tomcat has tools for configuration and management but can also be edited by XML formatted configuration files. Tomcat has its own HTTP server, and has secure basic and digest access authentication, CGI servlet, and SSI dynamic content capabilities, as well as an admin console.
Tomcat has no security issues within the standard setup, but still offers customizable solutions for those who want to create even higher security levels. It is JSP2.1 and Servlet 2.5 capable, has business-rules engine support available, and offers partial clustering support. Considered somewhat of a lightweight solution, Tomcat does not require a lot of memory and runs fast on small servers.
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For More Information:
- Documentation can be found at Apache
- Apache also publishes a simple Getting Started guide.
- Coreservlets offers a tutorial on installing and using Tomcat as a standalone web server.
- Tomcat Security information can be found at the Wiki
- Tutorial on Deploying Web Applications on Tomcat from the guru’s at O’Reilly.