Thursday, February 17, 2011

Configuring your Java web application as root (/)

By default, if you deploy an application "myWebApp" in an application server like Glassfish, the root URL is To change this, you can use the sun-web.xml descriptor file of the application to configure the application as root application of the server. Which means that the application is accessible using the URL

Inside the sun-web.xml file, make sure the context-root element looks like this:


The document type definition (DTD) of the descriptor file can be found here.

If the web application is part of an EAR-file, make sure you configure this in application.xml. Otherwise, the setting in application.xml will override it!

To make the URL even simpler, you can ofcourse change the listen port to 80. The URL to the application will then look like this:


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