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As I'm using Debian, and as the packages in the package manager aren't quite up-to-date, I'm forced to do a manual installation.

I downloaded the latest version as a .tar.gz file, and extracted it to /opt. Now I'm unsure on what to do next.

I need to have Jetty run as a service on startup, for every user on this PC. But how? I couldn't find anything in the documentation.

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If you can not find just download last one

And save it to /etc/init.d/jetty

Also you may need to edit /etc/default/jetty to set your individual settings like:


If you want service start after reboot do not forget add it to default startup level with update-rc.d

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Thx, that should solve all my problems :-). – Trollhorn Apr 20 '11 at 16:02

There should be a script into the bin directory. I don't know if it works under Debian, but it should be a good starting point.

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For CentOS 7 Linux I have downloaded the latest Jetty distribution and created the file /etc/systemd/system/jetty.service:


ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -jar /usr/share/java/jetty-distribution-9.3.10.v20160621/start.jar jetty.home=/usr/share/java/jetty-distribution-9.3.10.v20160621 jetty.base=/var/www/jetty jetty.http.port=8080
ExecStop=/bin/kill ${MAINPID}


Then I have run the commands to create the user and the base dir:

# useradd -s /sbin/nologin jetty

# java -jar /usr/share/java/jetty-distribution-9.3.10.v20160621/start.jar \
      jetty.home=/usr/share/java/jetty-distribution-9.3.10.v20160621 \
      jetty.base=/var/www/jetty \

# chown -R jetty.jetty /var/www/jetty

Then I have activated the new service:

# systemctl enable jetty

# systemctl start jetty

And finally checked the logs:

# systemctl status -l jetty

And verified that Jetty is listening at the port 8080:

# netstat -an | grep -w LISTEN

I think the commands on Debian Linux would be similar...

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