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How to install Tomcat on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Tomcat on macOS using Homebrew. The Apache Tomcat software is an open source implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.

What is Tomcat?

“Apache Tomcat, also knwon as Tomcat Server, provides a pure Java HTTP web server environment in which Java code can run. Tomcat was released with Catalina (a servlet container), Coyote (an HTTP connector) and Jasper (a JSP engine). ” ~ Wikipedia

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Tomcat on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install tomcat 

Brew Commands

This section provide a quick set of commands on how to install Tomcat on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                  # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search tomcat           # Searches for formula called packetbeat
$ brew info tomcat             # Displays information about packetbeat
$ brew install tomcat          # Install the packetbeat formulae.
$ brew cleanup                 # Remove any older versions of any formula


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Tomcat on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.