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Beginner Question: How to work with war files?

 
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Hello,
i just stumbled upon a cool program which i would like to use. https://sourceforge.net/projects/openanonymizer/
The download contains a WAR file. Actually i do not really have a lot of experience with WAR files, or better said no experience at all. I read that WAR files are associated with java especially with tomcat.
So do i really have to set up tomcat for using this WAR file. If so, are there some beginner user guides how to work with tomcat and how to get a WAR file to work with tomcat?
Would appreciate every help.
 
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Hi,

A WAR (Web application ARchive) file is a .JAR file with .war extension and is used to distribute a collection of JSPs, Servlets, Java classes, XML files, tag libraries and static Web pages (HTML and related files) that together constitute a Web application.

So a war file is simply a collection of the above said resources that constitute a web application. A web application needs to be deployed on some kind of server, so that the users can use the application. The most common server used is the Apache Tomcat.

If you want to run the web application, you need to set up Tomcat.

You can download Tomcat from here and then use this to deploy and run the war file.

Hope this helps.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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