Install GeoServer on Ubuntu 15.04 (localhost)

It's quite easy to find installation instructions for most Ubuntu versions but it's nice to check they still apply to the most recent release (15.04 at the time writing). I tested this yesterday and it still works for me. My thanks to Hongru Hou (link at the end of the article for full details).

Install Apache2 (if not installed):-
sudo apt-get install apache2  

sudo apt-get update

Test Apache2 web server is working:-

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 stop
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Install Java 7 using the 'Webupd8team' repository:-

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java


sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

(takes about 10 minutes to download)

Install Tomcat7 (because it is GeoServer Web archive this replaces the missing Java Servlet of this edition)
sudo apt-get install tomcat7

then in order for tomcat7 to find JDK we need to open and amend one line:-

sudo vi /etc/default/tomcat7 


restart tomcat7:-

sudo /etc/init.d/tomcat7 restart

Download GeoServer 2.4.0 archive from:-

Extract the .war file somewhere convenient then:-

gksudo nautilus  (password required)

and manually copy/paste the .war file into:-


then restart apache2 again:-

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Now you should get your GeoServer login page:-


with some nice demo data included to get you started.

My thanks to Hongru Hou for his original blog:-


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