Ansible is an agentless automation tool that manages machines over the SSH protocol by default. Once installed, Ansible does not add a database, and there will be no daemons to start or keep running.
With Ansible, you can create an ansible playbook and use it to deploy dozens of tomcat in one go. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install apache tomcat using Ansible. Let’s get started.
This post will be a step-by-step tutorial. If you’d like to follow along, be sure you have:
- An Ansible controller host. This tutorial will be using Ansible v2.9.18.
- In case it is not installed please refer: Install Ansible on Ubuntu Machine
- A remote Linux computer to test out the tomcat installation. This tutorial uses Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS as the remote node.
- An inventory file and one or more hosts are configured to run Ansible commands and playbooks. The remote Linux computer is called webserver, and this tutorial uses an inventory group called web.
Ensure your remote machine IP address is inside /etc/ansible/hosts ( either one remote machine or define it as a group)
Building tomcat Ansible-playbook on the Ansible Controller
Ansible is an automation tool used for deploying applications and systems easily; it could be Cloud, Services, orchestration, etc. Ansible uses YAML Language to build playbooks which are finally used to deploy or configure the required change. To deploy tomcat, let’s move ahead and create the ansible playbook.
- SSH or login into your any Linux machine.
- Create a file named my_playbook3.yml inside /etc/ansible folder and paste below code.
The below playbook contains all the tasks to install tomcat on the remote node. The first task is to update your system packages by using the apt command, further creating tomcat user and group. The next task is to install java, install tomcat, and create necessary folders and permissions for the tomcat directory.
--- - name: Install Apache Tomcat10 using ansible hosts: webserver remote_user: ubuntu become: true tasks: - name: Update the System Packages apt: upgrade: yes update_cache: yes - name: Create a Tomcat User user: name: tomcat - name: Create a Tomcat Group group: name: tomcat - name: Install JAVA apt: name: default-jdk state: present - name: Create a Tomcat Directory file: path: /opt/tomcat10 owner: tomcat group: tomcat mode: 755 recurse: yes - name: download & unarchive tomcat10 unarchive: src: https://mirrors.estointernet.in/apache/tomcat/tomcat-10/v10.0.4/bin/apache-tomcat- 10.0.4.tar.gz dest: /opt/tomcat10 remote_src: yes extra_opts: [--strip-components=1] - name: Change ownership of tomcat directory file: path: /opt/tomcat10 owner: tomcat group: tomcat mode: "u+rwx,g+rx,o=rx" recurse: yes state: directory - name: Copy Tomcat service from local to remote copy: src: /etc/tomcat.service dest: /etc/systemd/system/ mode: 0755 - name: Start and Enable Tomcat 10 on sever systemd: name: tomcat state: started daemon_reload: true
Running Ansible-playbook on the Ansible Controller
Earlier in the previous section, you created the ansible-playbook, which is great, but it is not doing much unless you deploy it. To deploy the playbook using the ansible-playbook command.
Assuming you are logged into Ansible controller:
- Now run the playbook using the below ansible-playbook command.
As you can see below, all the tasks are successfully completed; if the status of TASK shows ok, that means the task was already completed; else, for changed status, Ansible performs the task on the remote node.
- Next, verify remote machine if Apache Tomcat is installed successfully and started use the below command.
systemctl status tomcat service tomcat status
- Also you can verify by running process command.
ps -ef | grep tomcat ps -aux | grep tomcat
Tomcat files and Tomcat directories on a remote node
Now that you have successfully installed the tomcat on the remote node and verified the tomcat service, it is equally important to check the tomcat files created and the purpose of each of them.
- Firstly all the tomcat files and tomcat directories are stored under <tomcat-installation-directory>/*.
Your installation directory is represented by environmental variable $CATALINA_HOME
- The tomcat directory and files should be owned by user tomcat
- The tomcat user should be member of tomcat group.
- <tomcat-installation-directory>/bin: This directory consists of startup and shutdown scripts (startup.sh and shutdown.sh) to run or stop the tomcat directly without using the tomcat service configured.
- <tomcat-installation-directory>/conf: This is very crucial directory where tomcat keeps all its configuration files.
- <tomcat-installation-directory>/logs: In case you get any errors while running your tomcat then you can look at your safeguard ie. logs , tomcat creates its own logs under this directory.
- <tomcat-installation-directory>/webapps: This is the directory where you place your code such as .war and run your applications. It is highly recommended to stop tomcat and then deploy your application inside this directory and then start tomcat.
In this tutorial, we covered in-depth how can you install Apache Tomcat 10 on the ubuntu 18.0 version using Ansible controller and finally discussed files and directories which are most important for any Apache tomcat admins and developers. If you wish to run your application on lightweight and easily, Apache Tomcat is your friend.