Java JBoss

Hello, World! Web App

Ten Quick Steps for Deploying a Super Simple
JSP Web App (WAR) on JBoss AppServer

Updated for JBoss 7.1.1 on Java 7


Follow these steps to install JBoss and create and test a simple web application (WAR).  The steps are designed for Windows XP, but you should be able to modify them for other OSes without too much effort.

1) Install Java

Download "Java Platform (JDK) 7u21" from:

Run the jdk-7u21-windows-i586.exe installer with the default options, which will install Java into: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_21\

Note: Application servers, like JBoss, require the full JDK (Java Development Kit), which contains the JRE (Java Run-Time Engine) plus a bunch of stuff for developers, such as the javac compiler.

2) Install JBoss Application Server

Go to the JBoss download page at:

For the "7.1.1.Final" version, locate the "AS Certified Java EE 6 Full Profile" and download the "ZIP" file.  Unzip the file into: C:\Apps\JBoss\

3) Create Work Folder

Create a folder called HelloWorld separate from your JBoss installation.  For example, the full path of your work folder could be: C:\Projects\HelloWorld

4) Create Startup Script

In the HelloWorld folder create a file named JBoss.cmd with the following content:

@echo off set JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_21 set JBossHome=C:\Apps\JBoss\jboss-as-7.1.1.Final set Path=%JAVA_HOME%\bin;%Path% cd %JBossHome%\bin standalone.bat

This script will launch JBoss.

5) Launch JBoss

Run the JBoss.cmd file you just created.

6) Write JSP File

Also in the HelloWorld folder, create an HTML5 file named hi.jsp as:

<!doctype html> <html lang=en> <head> <title>JSP Test</title> <%! String message = "Hello, World."; %> </head> <body> <h2><%= message%></h2> <%= new java.util.Date() %> </body> </html>

This JSP simply displays a greeting along with the current date and time.

7) Create Deployment Descriptor

In the HelloWorld folder, create a subfolder called WEB-INF, and in that folder create a file named web.xml as:

<web-app> <display-name>Hello World</display-name> </web-app>

The deployment descriptor provides information to JBoss about your web application.

8) Create WAR Builder & Deployer

In the HelloWorld folder, create a file called Deploy.cmd as:

@echo off set JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_21 set JBossHome=C:\Apps\JBoss\jboss-as-7.1.1.Final "%JAVA_HOME%\bin\jar.exe" -cvf helloworld.war *.jsp WEB-INF copy helloworld.war "%JBossHome%\standalone\deployments pause

This script uses Java's JAR utility to zip up the appropriate contents into a WAR file.

9) Do It

Run the Deploy.cmd file.

10) Test Your Web Page

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Open "http://localhost:8080/helloworld/hi.jsp" to see your web application run.

If you want to explore explore the JBoss console, you first need to create a Management User.  Copy the JBoss.cmd file to AddUser.cmd.  Change the last line to be add-user.bat and run the file.  After you have created your user, go to "http://localhost:8080" and click "Administration Console".  Now click "Manage Deployments" to see your new "helloworld.war" application listed in the main panel.

That's It

For your convenience, here's the completed Hello World! Web Application:

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