Setting up Axis2 With Tomcat 6

To setup Axis2, do some tests and prepare for the axis tutorial (Web Serivces Example Using axis 2 and Tomcat). Also setup tcpmon required for SOAP debugging. Leave any questions or problems as comments and I will endeavour to answer them.

This article assumes that you have the JDK 1.5 or compatible already installed. Also you have a working and compatible version of tomcat installed and running. Tomcat is running on 8080 for this example.

Versions used in this example
Windows XP SP2N/A
Axis 2 (war)
Axis 2 (bin)
JDK 1.5.0N/A
Axis 1 (for tcpmon)
Links to these files can be found here.

Installing Axis2
  1. Download the Axis 2 war distribution ( and unzip it. Copy the axis2.war file to the webapps directory in your tomcat installation. After a couple of seconds you should see an axis2 directory automatically created by tomcat.
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  3. Go to You should see a welcome message with the headings- Services, Validation and Administration.
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  5. Click on Administration, login using username 'admin' and password 'axis2.' have a play around. Your axis install is done.
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  7. Download the Axis 2 binary ( distribution and unzip it to a directory. This is where all your tools and libs will be when we go to build a service.
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  9. You are now finished.

tcpmon (not required for axis 2, but useful for debugging)
  1. Download Axis 1 ( axis-bin-1_4.tar.gz). I'm doing this so I can get at the axis.jar file that contains tcpmon. I cannot seem to find tcpmon in the new Axis2 jars.
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  3. Unzip it to a directory ('D:\axis2-1.4.1-bin\' in this example).
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  5. Run the command below substituting the axis.jar directory with the location of your directory/file.

    .../anywhere>java -cp D:\axis2-1.4.1-bin\lib\axis.jar org.apache.axis.utils.tcpmon
    You should see a window with the tcpmon application. We'll be using this in the Axis2 tutorial

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Anonymous said...


Very useful straight forward information, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks ! Got things working fine for me.

Anonymous said...

Great instructions. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the clear instruction this issue was bothering me for almost one whole day

Anonymous said...

Clear and correct. Thanks.

allapec said...

thank u boss it is really simple and clear.......i was grappling to install dis...thank u so much

Anonymous said...

can anybody point me to a straight forward "helloo world" tutorial for axis2. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was able to start from scratch with minimum effort

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the tip. extremely very helpful.

Soulless Ghost said...

Indeed interesting story you have here. It would be great to read more about such topic. Thnx for posting this info.

Anonymous said...

great tutorial. I had to change 2 things, however:
1- in the file jwsdpontomcat.xml, the 'server' string should also be deleted.
2- in the list of libraries to add to the tomcat/lib, there are also the jaxb libs.

Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very very straight forward and simple guideline for any beginner to setup axis in tomcat

Madhuka said...

Thank You...

It work, :)

Angan said...

Wow.... thanks Apache GOD :) it was just a relief.

@mit said...

Thank You Very Much.

Good Post.


Naviya Nair said...

Very interesting and good Explanation
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