Redirect Crowd Server Setup Page to Crowd WebApp Login Page

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If you need to redirect users accidently going to Crowd Server Setup page (accessed through this URL <http://crowd-hostname:port>) instead of Crowd WebApp Login page (accessed through this URL <http://crowd-hostname:port/crowd>), below are the steps to do it.


  • Stop Crowd
  • Copy urlrewritefilter-4.0.3.jar FROM <crowd-install>/crowd-webapp/WEB-INF/lib/ TO <crowd-install>/apache-tomcat/lib/

  • Copy urlrewrite.xml FROM <crowd-install>/crowd-webapp/WEB-INF/ TO <crowd-install>/apache-tomcat/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF
  • Update the file to contain only the following rule within the <urlrewrite> tag (you may need to comment out/delete a <class-rule> tag)
    <rule enabled="true">
        <to type="permanent-redirect">/crowd/</to>

  • Modify web.xml found in <crowd-install>/apache-tomcat/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/ and add the following lines in <web-app> section. 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE web-app PUBLIC "-//Sun Microsystems, Inc.//DTD Web Application 2.3//EN" "">

    <display-name>IDX - Introduction Website</display-name>




  • Start Crowd

Crowd Server Setup Page will automatically redirect the request to /crowd 

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Last modified on Apr 29, 2019

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