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Using the same port on Apache and Tomcat

Adrian Marthaler

Joined: Nov 18, 2008
Posts: 1
Hey there
I am using the newest Apache (2.2.10) and the newest Tomcat (6.0.18) on a Windows 2003 server. My question now is, if it is possible to have the Tomcat and the Apache running on the same Port (e.g. 80)? I already found a tutorial explaining about how it could be done, but it is for a much older version of Tomcat and Apache ( Does it still work the same way, or do I have to do something differently?
Thanks already in advance!

Joe Ess

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 9072

As far as I know, it cannot be done. Servers require exclusive access to the port they bind to.
What you see in the tutorial you linked is setting up the Tomcat connector in both Apache and Tomcat. Apache is running on port 80 (the URL the tutorial is http://localhost/test.jsp). That request gets passed to the connector, then to Tomcat listening on 8009.

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Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42954
Welcome to JavaRanch.

The up-to-date instructions on how to make Apache httpd and Tomcat play nice can be found at and

While technically both servers aren't listening to the same port (for the reason Joe mentioned), from the outside it looks like they do. So if httpd runs on port 80, then the user will never see a port number, whether the content comes from httpd or Tomcat.
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