Bash - how to check Tomcat server version?

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In this short article, we are going to show how to check Tomcat server version under Linux.

The solution is quite simple: go to bin/ directory in Tomcat server installation path and call script.

Quick solution (run the following command):



Example paths:


Note: the above paths should be working for Debian/Ubuntu family Linuxes when Tomcat server was installed with default packages manager - in other distributions or cases do the below Simple steps.


Simple steps:

  1. find Tomcat server installation directory using:
    find / -type d -name "tomcat*"
    or call whereis tomcat9 replacing 9 with major version number (7, 8, 9, 10, etc.),
  2. go to bin/ directory using:
    cd /path/to/tomcat/bin
  3. run script using:
  4. find the line started with Server version:.


Practical example

1. Finding Tomcat server installation directory:

root@debian-server:~# find / -type d -name "tomcat*"

Example output:



2. Going to bin/ directory:

root@debian-server:~# cd /usr/share/tomcat8/bin


3. Runing script:

root@debian-server:/usr/share/tomcat8/bin# ./

Example output:

Using CATALINA_BASE:   /usr/share/tomcat8
Using CATALINA_HOME:   /usr/share/tomcat8
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /usr/share/tomcat8/temp
Using JRE_HOME:        /usr
Using CLASSPATH:       /usr/share/tomcat8/bin/bootstrap.jar:/usr/share/tomcat8/bin/tomcat-juli.jar
Server version: Apache Tomcat/8.5.54 (Debian)
Server built:   Apr 25 2020 15:01:31 UTC
Server number:
OS Name:        Linux
OS Version:     4.9.0-11-amd64
Architecture:   amd64
JVM Version:    1.8.0_252-8u252-b09-1~deb9u1-b09
JVM Vendor:     Oracle Corporation


4. Finding the Server version:

Apache Tomcat/8.5.54 (Debian)


See also

  1. Spring Boot - checking Tomcat version (Maven command) 

Alternative titles

  1. Bash - check standalone Tomcat server version
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