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WebGoat 8: A deliberately insecure Web Application

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WebGoat is a deliberately insecure web application maintained by OWASP designed to teach web application security lessons.

This program is a demonstration of common server-side application flaws. The exercises are intended to be used by people to learn about application security and penetration testing techniques.

WARNING 1: While running this program your machine will be extremely vulnerable to attack. You should disconnect from the Internet while using this program. WebGoat's default configuration binds to localhost to minimize the exposure.

WARNING 2: This program is for educational purposes only. If you attempt these techniques without authorization, you are very likely to get caught. If you are caught engaging in unauthorized hacking, most companies will fire you. Claiming that you were doing security research will not work as that is the first thing that all hackers claim.

Installation Instructions:

1. Run using Docker

Every release is also published on DockerHub.

Using docker run

The easiest way to start WebGoat as a Docker container is to use the all-in-one docker container. This is a docker image that has WebGoat and WebWolf running inside.

docker run -p 8080:8080 -p 9090:9090 -e TZ=Europe/Amsterdam webgoat/goatandwolf

WebGoat will be located at: WebWolf will be located at:

Important: Choose the correct timezone, so that the docker container and your host are in the same timezone. As it important for the validity of JWT tokens used in certain exercises.

Using docker stack deploy

Another way to deply WebGoat and WebWolf in a more advanced way is to use a compose-file in a docker stack deploy. You can define which containers should run in which combinations and define all of this in a yaml file. An example of such a file is: goat-with-reverseproxy.yaml

This sets up an nginx webserver as reverse proxy to WebGoat and WebWolf. You can change the timezone by adjusting the value in the yaml file.

docker stack init
docker stack deploy --compose-file goat-with-reverseproxy.yaml webgoatdemo

Add the following entries in your local hosts file: www.webgoat.local www.webwolf.localhost

You can use the overall start page: http://www.webgoat.local or:

WebGoat will be located at: http://www.webgoat.local/WebGoat

WebWolf will be located at: http://www.webwolf.local/WebWolf

Important: the current directory on your host will be mapped into the container for keeping state.

2. Standalone

Download the latest WebGoat and WebWolf release from

java -jar webgoat-server-8.1.0.jar [--server.port=8080] [--server.address=localhost]
java -jar webwolf-8.1.0.jar [--server.port=9090] [--server.address=localhost]

The latest version of WebGoat needs Java 11 or above. By default WebGoat and WebWolf start on port 8080,9000 and 9090 with the environment variable WEBGOAT_PORT, WEBWOLF_PORT and WEBGOAT_HSQLPORT you can set different values.

export WEBGOAT_PORT=18080
export WEBWOLF_PORT=19090
java -jar webgoat-server-8.1.0.jar
java -jar webwolf-8.1.0.jar 

Use set in stead of export on Windows cmd.

3. Run from the sources


  • Java 11
  • Maven > 3.2.1
  • Your favorite IDE
  • Git, or Git support in your IDE

Open a command shell/window:

git clone

Now let's start by compiling the project.

cd WebGoat
git checkout <<branch_name>>
mvn clean install

Now we are ready to run the project. WebGoat 8.x is using Spring-Boot.

mvn -pl webgoat-server spring-boot:run

... you should be running webgoat on localhost:8080/WebGoat momentarily

To change IP address add the following variable to WebGoat/webgoat-container/src/main/resources/ file


4. Run with custom menu

For specialist only. There is a way to set up WebGoat with a personalized menu. You can leave out some menu categories or individual lessons by setting environment variables.

For instance running as a jar on a Linux/MacOS it will look like:

export EXCLUDE_LESSONS="SqlInjectionAdvanced,SqlInjectionMitigations"
java -jar webgoat-server/target/webgoat-server-v8.2.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

Or in a docker run it would (once this version is pushed into docker hub) look like:

docker run -d -p 80:8888 -p 8080:8080 -p 9090:9090 -e TZ=Europe/Amsterdam -e EXCLUDE_CATEGORIES="CLIENT_SIDE,GENERAL,CHALLENGE" -e EXCLUDE_LESSONS="SqlInjectionAdvanced,SqlInjectionMitigations" webgoat/goatandwolf
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