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How to set-up Tomcat 8 with Nginx reverse proxy on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

This article will guide you through the steps on how to install and set-up Tomcat 8 with Nginx reverse proxy on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS.

What is Tomcat?

Apache Tomcat is an open-source web server and servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Tomcat implements several Java EE specifications including Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java EL, and WebSocket, and provides a ???pure Java??? HTTP web server environment for Java code to run in.

What is Nginx?

Nginx (pronounced ???engine-x???) is an open source reverse proxy server for HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP protocols, as well as a load balancer, HTTP cache, and a web server (origin server). The nginx project started with a strong focus on high concurrency, high performance and low memory usage.