How to Install WildFly Application Server on Ubuntu

WildFly is a free and open source application server written in Java. It is formerly known as JBoss. It is a lightweight and fast application server. It supports REST based data access, including JAX-RS 2, and JSON-P.

1. Install Java on Ubuntu

To install and run latest WildFly on your system, you need latest Java JDK release. First confirm whether Java is already installed in your system by running below command in your terminal command-line application (ctrl+alt+t)

java -version

check java version

If you don’t have java then install it via below commands.

sudo apt install default-jdk -y

2. Create Wildfly User on Ubuntu

Now create a new wildfly user with the base home directory “/opt/wildfly”.

sudo useradd -r -d /opt/wildfly -s /usr/sbin/nologin wildfly

3.  Install Wildfly

Now create a new temporary environment variable “WILDFLY_RELEASE”. This will assign the environment variable “WILDFLY_RELEASE” with the latest release of the WildFly version. In the terminal run below command.

WILDFLY_RELEASE=$(curl -s|grep tag_name|cut -d '"' -f 4)


Now get the latest stable Wildfly version using below command.


WILDFLY version check

Now download WildFly Binary Package using below command. You should see the new file in your current directory.


Now extract and move the new extracted WildFly directory to “/opt/wildfly” using below commands.

tar -xvf wildfly-${WILDFLY_RELEASE}.tar.gz
sudo mv wildfly-${WILDFLY_RELEASE} /opt/wildfly

Now you need to set the correct ownership of the WldFly installation directory to the user “wildfly” using the below command.

sudo chown -R wildfly:wildfly /opt/wildfly

After that, create a new default configuration directory “/etc/wildfly” using the following command. Then, copy the example of the WildFly configuration file into it.

sudo mkdir -p /etc/wildfly/
sudo cp /opt/wildfly/docs/contrib/scripts/systemd/wildfly.conf /etc/wildfly/

4. Edit WildFly Config file

To edit Wildfly config file, first open it using below command.

sudo nano /etc/wildfly/wildfly.conf

You can change the “WILDFLY_BIND” address to your local server IP address.

# The configuration you want to run
# The mode you want to run

# The address to bind to

Edit WildFly Config file

Now press Ctrl + X on your keyboard. Now enter Y and hit the enter key.Again hit the Enter key. This will Save and close the file.

Here my server ip is You can get it using below command.

hostname -I

get system host ip

Next, copy the example of WildFly start script “/opt/wildfly/docs/contrib/scripts/systemd/” to the directory “/opt/wildfly/bin/”. Then, copy the WildFly systemd service file “/opt/wildfly/docs/contrib/scripts/systemd/wildfly.service” to the directory “/usr/lib/systemd/system/”.

sudo cp /opt/wildfly/docs/contrib/scripts/systemd/ /opt/wildfly/bin/
sudo cp /opt/wildfly/docs/contrib/scripts/systemd/wildfly.service /usr/lib/systemd/system/

Now create a new directory “/var/run/wildfly” that will be used for storing the PID (Process ID) file of the WildFly server. Also, be sure to change the correct ownership of that directory to the user “wildfly”.

sudo mkdir /var/run/wildfly/
sudo chown -R wildfly:wildfly /var/run/wildfly/

Now reload the systemd manager and also start and enable wildfly service.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start wildfly
sudo systemctl enable wildfly

To check and verify the “wildfly” service status, run the below command.

sudo systemctl status wildfly

check wildfly status

Now run the below command to open the TCP port “8080” for WildFly.

sudo ufw allow 8080/tcp

5. Accessing Wildfly Web UI:

Open your web browser and visit your server IP address with the port 8080 like below command.

WildFly default page

Now you will see WildFly’s default index.html page.

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6. Set Wildfly Administration User:

First run the WildFly add user script “/opt/wildfly/bin/” as “wildfly” user like below command.

sudo -u wildfly /opt/wildfly/bin/

Type “a” and hit the enter key to set up the WildFly “Management User”.

WildFly user management

Then type the username for the WildFly administrator and press the enter key. You can choose any name. Here we are using “manikandan”

WildFly username

Now type secure password for the new admin user manikandan and repeat.

WildFly password


Leave the group configuration as default and press ENTER.

WildFly user group

Type “yes” to confirm the new WildFly admin configurations and press the enter key

WildFly user config

Again, type “yes” again to enable the new user to be used to identify one WildFly process or you can just input “no” for this settings.

7. Enabe WildFly Administration Console:

Now run below command to edit the config file “/etc/wildfly/wildfly.conf”.

sudo nano /etc/wildfly/wildfly.conf

Add the following configuration to the file.

# IP Address for WildFly Console

Enabe WildFly Administration Console option

Now press Ctrl + X on your keyboard. Now enter Y and hit the enter key.Again hit the Enter key. This will Save and close the file.

Note: Here my system ip is

Then edit the WildFly start script “/opt/wildfly/bin/” using the following command.

sudo nano /opt/wildfly/bin/

And add option “-bmanagement $4” to enable the WildFly administration console.

if [[ "$1" == "domain" ]]; then
$WILDFLY_HOME/bin/ -c $2 -b $3 -bmanagement $4
$WILDFLY_HOME/bin/ -c $2 -b $3 -bmanagement $4

Enabe WildFly Administration Console
Press Ctrl + X on your keyboard. Now enter Y and hit the enter key.Again hit the Enter key. This will Save and close the file.

Now edit the WildFly systemd service file “/usr/lib/systemd/system/wildfly.service” using the following command.

sudo nano /usr/lib/systemd/system/wildfly.service

Now add the environment variable “$WILDFLY_CONSOLE_BIND” as an additional command option on the “ExecStart” as the following.


WildFly systemd service file

Then press Ctrl + X on your keyboard. Now enter Y and hit the enter key.Again hit the Enter key. This will Save and close the file.

Now run below commands one by one.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart wildfly
sudo systemctl status wildfly

By default WildFly administration is running on the TCP port “9990”. You will need to add the UFW firewall rule.

sudo ufw allow 9990/tcp

8. Access WildFly administration:

Open your web browser and visit the server IP address followed by the port “9990”. you will be prompted for the WildFly admin user and password. Type your created WildFly admin username and password.

Access WildFly administration

Access WildFly administration Dashboard



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