Installing Apache Tomcat on Amazon EC2 without using RPM

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How to install Apache Tomcat on Amazon EC2 instance without using a RPM.

Some readers have sent questions asking how to install Apache Tomcat without using a RPM. In this post, we go through quick steps to install Apache Tomcat on Amazon EC2 Instance. You should be done with the installation within 60 seconds of starting. Refer to the original post of Installing Java and Apache Tomcat on CentOS 6.5 on Amazon EC2 with RPM.


  • Amazon EC2 instance (assumed available)
  • Java (assumed installed)

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Multiple user access on a running Amazon EC2 instance

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How to provide multiple user access to a running Amazon EC2 instance?

I was required to provide quick access to a running production Amazon EC2 instance. Now you could always share your passwords / keys around, but I couldn’t do that as they were used in multiple places for various reasons. On top of that this was just temporary access for about 15 minutes. For all of you who use Amazon EC2 regularly, would know that there is no way to create a new key pair in the console and just add it to the instance and reboot (if anyone knows of any way, please do let me know). But sometimes you are required to share or provide access to other people on a temporary basis (as in my case).

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