Removing the 'crowd' Context from the Application URL

For many different reasons, when using the Crowd distribution (not EAR-WAR), you may want to access the Crowd console using http://localhost:8095 instead of http://localhost:8095/crowd. In order to remove the /crowd part from the URL, you can take the following steps:

IMPORTANT: Before doing these changes in your production environment, please make sure that they will work in a test instance first.

  1. Edit file <Crowd-Install>/build.properties and make sure that variable crowd.url is set to the following:

    # Crowd context root
    
    crowd.url=http://localhost:8095/
    
  2. Run <Crowd-Install>/build.sh (UNIX) or <Crowd-Install>\build.bat (Windows).
  3. In your <Crowd-Home-Directory>/crowd.properties file, make sure that the crowd.server.url and application.login.url URLs do not contain the /crowd part.

    crowd.server.url=http\://localhost\:8095/services/
    application.login.url=http\://localhost\:8095/
    
  4. Change your <Crowd-Install>/apache-tomcat/conf/server.xml file to have the following Host section configuration:

           <Engine defaultHost="localhost" name="Catalina">
                <Host appBase="webapps" autoDeploy="true" name="localhost" unpackWARs="true">
                      <Context path="" docBase="../../crowd-webapp" debug="0">
                            <Manager pathname="" />
                      </Context>
                </Host>
    
           </Engine>
    
  5. Rename the crowd.xml file in <Crowd-Install>/apache-tomcat/conf/Catalina/localhost to crowdbackup.xml to prevent Tomcat from loading the /crowd context. 
  6. Run Crowd and access http://localhost:8095. You will be automatically redirected to the Crowd server console page.

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