If the app is running and the image file is in the folder hierarchy of the app context, the image file is addressable. You'll need to give us more details of how you set things up and what's going wrong.
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I have an application where I need to access image files which is located outside tomcat installation directory
For example an image file is located on C:\files\test.jpg
No, no, no, no, no. A web server is not a file server!
What you've actually done is tell Tomcat that your entire webapp is located in the C:\files directory. That is, your exploded WAR is C:\files and the context that you deployed to Tomcat under was "/files".
Because the default action for ".jpg" resources in Tomcat is to retrieve them, the URL http://localhost:8085/files/test.jpg should, in fact display the contents of C:\files\test.jpg in your browser window.
Subject to the following limitations:
1. You have configures Tomcat to respond to http requests on port 8085. The default http port is 8080.
2. The Tomcat server process has read-access rights to file C:\files\test.jpg.
Getting a "404" error generally indicates that you've made condition #1 happy, so I'd check the users and groups settings on the test.jpg file and on the C:\files directory against the user/group configuration that Tomcat's running under.
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subject: how to access other folders outside webapp in tomcat6