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Getting Started with Payara Server

November 10, 2020

The following four short videos will take you step-by-step through installing, writing, and deploying an application to Payara Server, even if you've never used the application server before:

Introduction to Payara Server

Learn how to write a simple Hello World application and deploy it to Payara Server.

Install Software

Four Software Requirements:

  1. Java
  2. Maven
  3. IDE (NetBeans)
  4. Payara Server Community

Start Payara Server

Two Methods of Starting Payara Server:

  1. Using the CLI
  2. Using NetBeans

Deploy App on Payara Server

Three Methods to Deploy an App on Payara Server:

  1. Through NetBeans
  2. Through the CLI
  3. Through the Admin Console

As an alternative, you can also follow these instructions...

Payara Server can be downloaded from the Payara website. Download to a directory of your choosing and then unzip. On Linux based systems you can use the following command:


By default, this will unzip the archive into {CURRENT_DIR}/payara41.

Starting Payara Server
To start Payara Server, execute the following command:

$ {PAYARA_INSTALL_DIR}/bin/asadmin start-domain

This will start domain1 domain, which is the default domain included with Payara Server. If you wanted to start a different domain, the domain name would need to be specified. An example can be seen below:

$ asadmin start-domain your_domain_name

Accessing the Administration Console
Once the server is up and running, type this URL http://localhost:4848 in your browser to access the Administration Console. This is the default URL for accessing the Administration Console.

Deploying an Application
In order for a web application to run, it must be first deployed on an application server such as Payara Server.

Deploying using Asadmin
To deploy a WAR file, you need to use the deploy option, followed by the path to the application to deploy. See below for an example of deploying a WAR file:

$ {PAYARA_INSTALL_DIR}/bin/asadmin deploy your_application.war

Deploying using Administration console

  1. Access the Administration Console by navigating to http://localhost:4848 (make sure a domain is running beforehand)
  2. Click on Applications under the heading Common Tasks pane on the left side of the page.
  3. Any deployed applications are listed here. Since there are none right now, click on Deploy.
  4. The current display should be the Deploy Applications or Modules page. Select Packaged File to be uploaded to the Server and click browse. Navigate to where your application is located, select the file and click Open. You should be returned to the same page with some settings listed.
  5. Change any settings if needed otherwise accept the default settings and click ok to be returned to the applications page. Your application should now be listed.
  6. Finally, under the action tab click launch. The default URL for application is http://localhost:8080/ your_application.

Visit the Payara Getting Started page for further resources on getting started, including: Configuring, Adding a data source, Adding functionality, monitoring, security auditing, Creating a Restful Web Service, Logging, Testing Apps, etc.


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    Jadon Ortlepp

    Digital Marketing Coordinator working for Payara who has been involved in the Java space since 2017. Very much enjoys collaborating on projects and events with other individuals and organisations. Including ... Learn more

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