How to install JBOSS Application Server

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Install the JBoss Application Server

1) Download and Install Java:

  1. Download Java SE 6 JDK from or (for Java SE 5 JDK)
  2. On UNIX, run the installer or uncompress the distribution into a directory of your choice
  3. On Windows, run the installer
  4. Avoid installing Java into a directory that contains spaces or other special characters (e.g., under C: Program Files)
  5. e. You can choose not to install "Public JRE", demos, and source components
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2) Configure Java:

  1. Set JAVA_HOME to point to the directory where you installed Java and add $JAVA_HOME/bin to your PATH
  2. On Windows, add JAVA_HOME System Variable under Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Environmental Variables and prefix the existing PATH variable with %JAVA_HOME%bin;
  3. On UNIX-like systems, make these changes in your shell’s configuration file (e.g., ~/.bashrc): export JAVA_HOME=/path/to/java-install-dir and export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

3) Test Java:

  1. Test that java -version prints the expected Java version
  2. Test that javac prints usage message
  3. This verifies that JDK is installed (vs. JRE)

4) Download JBoss Application Server:

  1. Download packaged distribution from
  2. To build from source, get Ant from, uncompress it in a directory like C:Ant, set ANT_HOME to point to the directory where you installed Ant, and add $ANT_HOME/bin (on Linux), %ANT_HOME%bin (on Windows) to your PATH.
  3. Get jboss-<release>-src.tar.gz from, unzip it
  4. Browse to build directory and run ant
  5. Once finished, the binaries will be under jboss-<release>.GA-srcbuildoutputjboss-<release>.GA

5) Install JBoss Application Server:

  1. Unpack the compressed archive. This is the typical installation method because it is the easiest.
  2. Alternatively, install the source-built binary (not a common installation method).
  3. Set JBOSS_HOME to the root folder of JBoss. You can also add $JBOSS_HOME/bin (Linux) or %JBOSS_HOME%bin (Windows) to your PATH in case you want to run your server from the command-line.


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