If Tomcat is not already installed on the machine running Eclipse:
- In Eclipse, select Window > Preferences.
- Expand Server and select Runtime Enviornments.
- Select Add.
- Select one of the Tomcat servers and select Next.
- Select Download and Install.
- Select Next.
- Select Finish.
Add one or more servers to Eclipse will let you run your Eclipse project on a server in the Eclipse IDE, instead of having to export and deploy your project to a server.
- In Eclipse , select File > New > Other.
- Expand Server, select Server, and select Next.
- Select the type of server and select Next, and enter the hostname of your server.
- Enter the path to the server. This assumes that the server is installed on the same machine as Eclipse. Select Finish.
A new directory and files will be created under your eclipse-workspace/Servers directory. For example, if your eclipse-workspace/Servers directory is located at /home/john.doe/eclipse-worspace/Servers, and you add a server named Tomcat v8.0 Server, the follow directory and files will be created on the Eclipse server.
- /home/john.doe/eclipse-workspace/Servers/Tomcat v8.0 Server/catalina.policy
- /home/john.doe/eclipse-workspace/Servers/Tomcat v8.0 Server/catalina.properties
- /home/john.doe/eclipse-workspace/Servers/Tomcat v8.0 Server/context.xml
- /home/john.doe/eclipse-workspace/Servers/Tomcat v8.0 Server/server.xml
- /home/john.doe/eclipse-workspace/Servers/Tomcat v8.0 Server/tomcat-users.xml
- /home/john.doe/eclipse-workspace/Servers/Tomcat v8.0 Server/web.xml
Now when creating a Dynamic Web Project in Eclipse, there will an option in the Target runtime drop-down for the server you added.