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How to create war file in eclipse using ant

Posted on 2010-01-12
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Last Modified: 2013-11-10
I have created a web application in my my eclipse environment. In my eclipse I am running it with tomcat. I need to build a war file which I then can deploy on tomcat server which is on solaris box.

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Question by:AjooAli

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him6ul earned 2000 total points
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Ant has a WAR task which you can use to create your WAR file.

Not sure why you want to use eclipse if you are anyways using ANT to create WAR - eclipse has task to call an ant file from IDE itself.

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Create an ANT script that will look at the Eclipse Project structure and build the WAR file and copy over the WAR file to the destination (Tomcat WebApps folder)

Here is the ANT script:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<project name="Deploy From Eclipse to Tomcat" basedir=".">
<property name="warfile" value="sanfran"/>
<target name="unpack">
<unwar src="${warfile}.war" dest="${warfile}" />
<target name="create">
<war destfile="${warfile}.war" webxml="WebContent/WEB-INF/web.xml" update="true">
<classes dir="build\classes"/>
<fileset dir="WebContent">
<exclude name="WEB-INF/web.xml"/>
<target name="copy">
<copy todir="c:\tomcat5517\webapps" overwrite="true">
<fileset dir=".">
<include name="*.war"/>
<target name="deploy">
<antcall target="create"/>
<antcall target="copy"/>

Save the above code into a file and name it build.xml. Place the build.xml into the root folder of your eclipse project. For example, if c:\projects is my eclipse workspace and SanFrancisco is the name of my project then all the files related to the project will be under c:\projects\SanFrancisco.
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