How to set up tomcat context path for web application? .war file name is coming infront of the application name in the url.

  • Posted February 1, 2015

I am having a trouble getting my web application ‘xyz’ running at:


The name of my .war file is “.MyWebApp”.

after deploying the .war file in tomcat, the application starts at:


any idea how to remove this “MyWebApp” part from the URL?

I have seen some of the solutions for this problem, they are mostly solutions of running the application in localhost. They suggested to change the ‘context.xml’ file which I already did like this:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>

    <!-- Default set of monitored resources -->

     path="" docBase="MyWebApp" debug="0" reloadable="true"

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Thank you in advance!


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Without knowing more information about the structure of your application, it’s difficult to provide a thorough answer to your question. On Ubuntu 14.04 with a standard Tomcat 7 installation, placing a war file in the CATALINA_BASE directory should accomplish what you want. For instance, let’s use the Tomcat “hello world” war:

  1. cd /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps
  2. wget

Now browsing to http://your.ip.addr:8080/sample will display the application. If you want to remove the app name from the path completely, you can rename the war file to ROOT.war