If you are using the free Community Edition of IntelliJ IDEA you probably noticed that there is no Tomcat support. The integration is included only in the commercial Ultimate Edition.
If won’t buy a license for whatever reason, you still can create some basic Tomcat integration even in the free IDEA Community Edition.
How to start the Tomcat from within the IDE?
Create an ‘External Tool’ configuration for the Tomcat
The command is
catalina jpda run to start the tomcat in debug mode at the default port
Now the Tomcat can be started from several places within the IDE
and even the output of the process is printed to its run console.
Tip: If you want the External Tool to be integrated as a Run Configuration please checkout the other post and plugin.
How to start a debug session for started Tomcat?
Create a run configuration which starts a remote debugging session at
Switch to ‘Logs’ tab and configure that the log files are also integrated
After starting the run configuration, the debugger is attached to the Tomcat and the log files of the tomcat are shown within the IDE.
How to deploy a WAR file from a Maven based webapp to the Tomcat?
The steps are to run
mvn war:war first to create the WAR and then to copy it to the webapp directory of the Tomcat.
One approach is to create a ‘Maven’ run configuration with the commandline:
war:war org.codehaus.mojo:wagon-maven-plugin:upload-single -Dwagon.fromFile=FULL_PATH_TO_WAR_FILE -Dwagon.url=file://FULL_PATH_TO_TOMCAT\webapps\ (Don’t forget to change placeholders!)
This creates the WAR file and copies it to the Tomcat via the
Other approaches could be:
- Create a batch script (which invokes maven and copies the WAR), integrate it as an ‘External Tool’ configuration OR
- Use the remote synchronizer plugin OR
- Integrate an Ant target to copy the file OR
- … more ideas at stackoverflow or here
- Buy a license for IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition and you do not have use the described workarounds. (The personal license is quite affordable IMO and even allowed to use at work . No, I am not paid or sponsored by JetBrains.)
- Try other plugins for IDEA CE, which also provide Tomcat integration