Downloading and installing Java

Java provides the cross-platform environment in which Orbeon Forms runs.

If you don't have Java installed yet, download it from

Downloading and installing Apache Tomcat

Tomcat is the container application into which Orbeon Forms deploys. Follow these steps to download and install Tomcat if you don't have it installed yet:

  1. Download Tomcat (see supported versions) from the Apache website.

  2. Install Tomcat as per the instructions. If you downloaded the installer version (Windows only), run the installer. If you downloaded a compressed archive, uncompress it to the location of your choice. We call the install location TOMCAT_HOME (on windows, this could be c:/Program Files/Apache/Tomcat, on a Unix system, /home/jdoe/tomcat, etc.).

  3. Check that your Tomcat installation is working correctly:

    • Run the Tomcat startup script under TOMCAT_HOME/bin ( or startup.bat depending on your platform), or start Tomcat with the control application (Windows only).

    • Open a web browser and access the following URL:


    You should see the Tomcat welcome page.

NOTE: We recommend using Tomcat for this tutorial, but Orbeon Forms can deploy into containers other than Tomcat.

Downloading and installing Orbeon Forms

Follow these steps to download and install Orbeon Forms:

  1. Download Orbeon Forms.

  2. Uncompress the archive into a directory of your choice. We call that directory ORBEON_FORMS_HOME.

  3. Under ORBEON_FORMS_HOME, you find a file called orbeon.war. This is the file to deploy into Tomcat. To do so, just copy it under TOMCAT_HOME/webapps (alternatively, if you know what you are doing, you can uncompress it at a location of your choice and configure a context in TOMCAT_HOME/conf/server.xml). The webapps directory is already present after you have installed Tomcat.

Testing your setup

Make sure you restart Tomcat (run the shutdown script under TOMCAT_HOME/bin, and then the startup script again). Then open up with a web browser the following URL:


You should see the Orbeon Forms welcome page:

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