I read various articles and solutions from the web and tried to change the context path in server.xml, also I tried an ugly method of renaming the ROOT folder as ROOt_old and renaming 'myapp' folder as ROOT.
Here is the Hosts section from my server.xml
<Host name="localhost" appBase="webapps" unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true"> <!-- SingleSignOn valve, share authentication between web applications Documentation at: /docs/config/valve.html --> <!-- <Valve className="org.apache.catalina.authenticator.SingleSignOn" /> --> <!-- Access log processes all example. Documentation at: /docs/config/valve.html Note: The pattern used is equivalent to using pattern="common" --> <Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve" directory="logs" prefix="localhost_access_log" suffix=".txt" pattern="%h %l %u %t "%r" %s %b" /> <Context path="" docBase="C:/Program Files (x86)/Apache Software Foundation/Tomcat 8.5/webapps/myapp"> <WatchedResource>WEB-INF/web.xml</WatchedResource> </Context> </Host>
However, this does not work and when I try to open http://localhost:8080/ , I get a 'Page cannot be displayed' error as well as the URL is empty in the address bar.