I am trying to install the WildFly 8.0.0.Final application server on a Virtual Machine running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I've done some searches on Google, but I found only third-party scripts and, I think, non standard ways to do this.

Currently, to start the server, I open an SSH connection to the virtual machine and run the following commands:

nohup standalone.sh -b= -bmanagement= > /dev/null &

And to stop:

kill <pid of java process running wildfly>

But, what is the best way to install the server as a service on Ubuntu? If I restart the machine, the server will start automatically?

My environment:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS;
  • Java 7;
  • WildFly 8.0.0 Final;

WildFly includes an init.d script in the bin folder...

Follow this steps:

sudo cp $WILDFLY_HOME/bin/init.d/wildfly-init-debian.sh /etc/init.d/wildfly
sudo cp $WILDFLY_HOME/bin/init.d/wildfly.conf /etc/default/wildfly
sudo adduser --system --group --disabled-login wildfly
sudo chown -R wildfly:wildfly $WILDFLY_HOME
sudo update-rc.d wildfly defaults

Modify /etc/default/wildfly to fit your needs... Test.


In my opinion the best way is to use installation script:


it will create you init script so if you want WildFly to start automaticly you should execute command:

update-rc.d wildfly defaults

after execution of wildfly-init-debian.sh script



The accepted answer is outdated, the scripts have been moved to:

The accepted answer is actually technically correct, since the question is about WildFly 8. Thanks @JorSol for pointing that out!

However, I got here while searching for "installing WildFly 10 as a service on Ubuntu", and I am sure others will too.

In WildFly 10, the location of the init.d file has been moved to:


  • The question is to the version 8.0.0 of WildFly, so the accepted answer is technically correct. – JorSol Jun 18 '16 at 20:52
  • @JorSol you are right, I have updated my answer. Thank you! – Francisco C. Jun 19 '16 at 17:45

I would modify the previous answer from JorSol to

sudo cp $WILDFLY_HOME/bin/init.d/wildfly-init-debian.sh /etc/init.d/wildfly

because his command would create a security exploit should anyone be able to gain the permissions of wildfly and modify $WILDFLY_HOME/bin/init.d/wildfly-init-debian.sh.

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