Installation (WebGoat 6.0)

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Installing WebGoat

This guide describes how to install and run WebGoat.

WebGoat Versions

WebGoat contains 28 lessons, 4 labs, and 4 developer labs. Two distributions are available, depending on what you would like to do.

  1. Easy-run package The easiest version to play with. The easy-run package is a platform-independent executable jar file, so it has minimal muss and fuss. Since this distribution does not include source, you cannot complete the 4 developer labs. Pre-requisites : Java JRE >= 1.6

  2. Source distribution Allows modifying the source code of WebGoat. WebGoat is a standard Maven project. This is the right choice if you wish to complete the developer labs, or you wish to contribute to WebGoat. Pre-requisites -- Java JDK >= 1.6, Maven >= 3

Use this feature comparison to choose the right distribution for you

Feature Easy-run Source
Lessons X X
Standard Labs X X
Admin Report Card X X
Developer Labs X


Quick Start -- Easy Run

  1. Install a Java JVM. You can get one here

  2. Download WebGoat.

  3. Make Sure Java is in your path This should already be the case after you install Java. If it is not, add it to your path

  4. Run WebGoat by executing this command in the same directory you downloaded WebGoat into:

    	java -jar WebGoat-6.0.1-war-exec.jar
  5. Verify it worked by pointing your browser to http://localhost:8080/WebGoat. You should see a signin screen.

That's it! If you need to change the port or other options, you can use --help to display more options. For example, to run WebGoat on port 9090, you can run:

	java -jar WebGoat-6.0.1-war-exec.jar -httpPort 9090

Quick Start -- Source Distribution

  1. Install the Prerequisites Minimally, this is a JDK and Maven, but it may include an IDE Git if you do not have them.

  2. Download the source from You'll want to clone it if you intend to contribute, otherwise you can just download an archive

  3. Run WebGoat with Maven Change to the project location, and run:

    	mvn clean tomcat7:run-war
  4. Verify it worked by pointing your browser to http://localhost:8080/WebGoat. You should see a signin screen.

  5. Open with your IDE to modify the source. WebGoat is a standard maven project, so you should be able to import it with most any IDE

Note: If Tomcat7 is not specified, WebGoat will throw exceptions in some lessons.


All you need to run WebGoat is a Java VM, but you'll need the standard Java development tooling to use the source distribution.

Easy-run Prerequisites

Any JRE >= 1.6 will work. You an download one for your platform here:

Source Distribution Prerequisites

To run from source, you'll need a standard Java development environment. If you are already a Java developer, you've likely got the tooling you need.

  1. Java JDK. A JRE distribution will not do. We recommend version 7

  2. Maven. We recommend maven 3.2.3. Maven is all that is required to compile, package, and run WebGoat.

Note: Many IDE's come bundled with Maven already, so you may not need to download separately

Optional Items, especially if you are contributing to WebGoat

Depending on your preferences, you may want a few other items:

  1. Java IDE (Optional) A Java IDE is highly recommended if you will be contributing to WebGoat, or otherwise spending a lot of time in the WebGoat source code. Any Java IDE with Maven support will do. If you are open, we recommend NetBeans 8, JavaEE edition, because it includes all of the other software you will need

We recommend the Netbeans JavaEE distribution, which includes maven 3, git support, and Tomcat as well.

  1. Git (Optional) Only if you wish to contribute to WebGoat. You have serveral choices for Git support:

    • Netbeans: Git support is built in
    • Eclipse : we recommend the egit plugin
    • Native installation of git ( depending on your operating system)
  2. Your Own Servlet Container (Optional) If you insist, you can install WebGoat in your own servlet container. This is NOT the recommended method, as it requires you to add webgoat users to your container configuration.

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