Install and Configure GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04

In this guide, you will learn to Install and Configure GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04.

GlassFish is an open-source application server project started by Sun Microsystems for the Java EE platform and is now sponsored by Oracle Corporation. The supported version is called Oracle GlassFish Server. GlassFish is free software, dual-licensed under two free software licenses: the Common Development and Distribution License and the GNU General Public License with the classpath exception. GlassFish is the reference implementation of Java EE and as such supports Enterprise JavaBeans, JPA, JavaServer Faces, JMS, RMI, JavaServer Pages, servlets, etc. This allows developers to create enterprise applications that are portable and scalable, and that integrate with legacy technologies.

Steps To Install and Configure GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04

To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges and set up a basic firewall. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with Ubuntu 22.04.

Install Java on Ubuntu 22.04

To install GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 you need to have Java installed on your server.

First, update your local package index with the following command:

sudo apt update

Then, use the following command to install OpenJDK on Ubuntu 22.04:

sudo apt install default-jdk -y

Verify your Java installation by checking its version:

java -version
openjdk version "11.0.18" 2023-01-17
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.18+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu122.04)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.18+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu122.04, mixed mode, sharing)

GlassFish Installation on Ubuntu 22.04

At this point, you need to download the latest version of GlassFish from the GlassFish Downloads Page.

GlassFish Eclipse Download

First, switch to the /opt directory with the command below:

cd /opt

Then, use the following wget command to download the GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04:

sudo wget

When your download is completed, extract your downloaded file with the command below:

sudo unzip

Create a Systemd Unit File for GlassFish

Now you need to create a systemd unit file for the GlassFish service. Create and open the file with your favorite text editor, here we use the vi editor:

sudo vi /etc/systemd/system/glassfish.service

Add the following contents to the file:

Description = GlassFish Server v7.0
After = [Service]
ExecStart=/opt/glassfish7/bin/asadmin start-domain
ExecReload=/opt/glassfish7/bin/asadmin restart-domain
ExecStop=/opt/glassfish7/bin/asadmin stop-domain
Type = forking [Install]
WantedBy =

When you are done, save and close the file.

Next, you need to reload the system services with the following command:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Now you can start and enable GlassFish to start on boot with the commands below:

# sudo systemctl start glassfish
# sudo systemctl enable glassfish

Verify that your GlassFish service is active and running on Ubuntu 22.04 with the following command:

sudo systemctl status glassfish
● glassfish.service - GlassFish Server v7.0
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/glassfish.service; enabled; vendor pre>
     Active: active (running) since Tue 2023-05-09 12:33:56 UTC; 43s ago
   Main PID: 12579 (java)
      Tasks: 94 (limit: 4575)
     Memory: 338.7M
        CPU: 29.722s
     CGroup: /system.slice/glassfish.service
             └─12579 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java -cp /opt/glass>

GlassFish Configuration on Ubuntu 22.04

The default GlassFish admin password is blank. For more security, you can set a password for your GlassFish admin user.

GlassFish has a tool called asadmin that accepts commands for setting up GlassFish via a command line.

To make this command executable anywhere, run the following command:

export PATH=/opt/glassfish7/bin:$PATH

Now you can use the following command to set a GlassFish admin password:

asadmin --port 4848 change-admin-password

You will be asked to enter the admin password, press enter to set a new password.

Enter admin user name [default: admin]>admin
Enter the admin password> press enter
Enter the new admin password> set a password
Enter the new admin password again> re-type password
Command change-admin-password executed successfully.

Next, you need to enable the secure admin feature with the following command:

asadmin --port 4848 enable-secure-admin

You should enter your admin username and password then, in your output, you will see:

Command enable-secure-admin executed successfully.

Now restart GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04 to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart glassfish

Configure Firewall for GlassFish

If you have a running firewall, you need to allow the following ports through the UFW firewall:

# sudo ufw allow 4848/tcp
# Sudo ufw allow 8080/tcp

Reload the firewall to apply the new rules:

sudo ufw reload

Access GlassFish Web Interface

At this point, you can access the default GlassFish page by typing your server’s IP address in your web browser followed by 8080:


You will see:

default GlassFish page

Also, you can access the web administrator console by typing your Server’s IP address in your web browser followed by 4848:


You will see the GlassFish Administration console login screen.

Enter your GlassFish admin user and password, and click login.

GlassFish Administration console login screen

You will see your GlassFish dashboard on Ubuntu 22.04.

Glassfish dashboard Ubuntu 22.04

From there, you can manage Java EE applications.


At this point, you have learned to Install and Configure GlassFish on Ubuntu 22.04.

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