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WAR means Web Application Archive. A WAR file is a zipped Java web application containing all the resources such as jar files, Java classes, Java server pages (JSP), static resources and configuration data.

Since a WAR file is one single file, it is the easiest way to deploy a Java Web application to an application server. Many vendors support WAR file deployment in different ways. Please read the manual of your application server.

Remember that every Magnolia instance (author or public) is its own Java Web application. Deploy one WAR file per instance. Magnolia provides preconfigured WAR files for Community Edition or Enterprise Edition. When using custom bundles, use Maven to build the WAR file of your custom bundle webapp.

Preconfigured Magnolia WAR files

Application server

Enterprise Edition

Community Edition

Tomcat

WAR

WAR

JBoss

WAR

WAR 

IBM WebSphere

WAR

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Oracle WebLogic 10

WAR

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Deploying a WAR file

Deploying a WAR file on an application server is a procedure which differs from one server to the next. Some servers require specific steps to deploy Magnolia.

Deploying a WAR file as a public instance

If you make no changes to the webapp before deployment, it will automatically be deployed as an author instance. If you change the name of the webapp to magnoliaPublic by for example renaming the WAR file to magnoliaPublic.war, it will be automatically deployed as a public instance. The name of the webapp folder determines the configuration that will be used. This is discussed in detail in WAR file with multiple configurations.

If you are not familiar with these procedures, use a standalone installation that ships with an application server.

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