Why do I have to type 8080 to view my webpage on localhost.

I am running tomcat on Windows Xp and what I'd really like to do is allow people to access my site without having to type 8080 after the domain name.

I have searched the net for hours and have come up with nothing.

I figure there must be some kind of configuration setting in Tomcat, but I mam just not that familiar with it.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi carydb,

8080 for the port?  Is your tomcat setup for port 8080 instead of just port 80?

Joe P
As long as you don't have anything else on port 80 ~

The main configuration file for Apache Tomcat is "server.xml" in the <tomcat>/conf directory. Open it with a text editor and change the default http binding port to 80 instead of 8080. This way you don’t have to type :8080 at the end of your URL every time. Search for the string port="8080" and then replace 8080 with 80.

Restart Tomcat :)

If something else has control of port 80 (like IIS), you'll receive the exception: java.net.BindException: Address already in use

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Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
If you have Apache, use the mod_jk nodule to integrate Apache http server and Tomcat.
If you do not have Apache, I suggest that you get one and place it on front of your Tomcat.


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carydbAuthor Commented:
Below is the only place I found 8080 and I changed it to 80, but now my tomcat server will not launch.  ANy ideas?   I don't even get a reason in the log file.

       <!-- Define a non-SSL Coyote HTTP/1.1 Connector on port 8080 -->
    <Connector className="org.apache.coyote.tomcat4.CoyoteConnector"
               port="80" minProcessors="5" maxProcessors="75"                      <<= change from 8080 to 80
               enableLookups="true" redirectPort="8443"
               acceptCount="100" debug="0" connectionTimeout="20000"
               useURIValidationHack="false" disableUploadTimeout="true" />
Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
See if port 80 is bound to Apache.

Do you have IIS installed? If so, it's definitely bound to port 80. You'd have to stop that service (net stop w3svc), then start Tomcat.
Also, try launching Tomcat from a new command window - this will allow you to see if you get that BindException. If you click the batch file, it'll close the command window before you can see the stack trace.

carydbAuthor Commented:
  IIS not running.   I will test on a different machine tonight to see the results there.
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