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where does tomcat read the "version" value it shows for the deployed applications in the manager application from? I've searched for such parameter in web.xml but no luck so far.

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Tomcat 7 checks the war filename for version:

Does not seem to work when using the ANT deployer.

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Its in a properties file - loaded as a ResourceBundle - the properties file to look for is org/apache/catalina/util/

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