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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.

Run Instructions:

1. Standalone

Download the latest WebGoat release from

java -jar webgoat-server-<<version>>.jar [--server.port=8080] [--server.address=localhost]

By default WebGoat starts on port 8080 with --server.port you can specify a different port. With server.address you can bind it to a different address (default localhost)

2. Run using Docker

From time to time we publish a new development preview of WebGoat 8 on Docker HUB, you can download this version First install Docker, then open a command shell/window and type:

docker pull webgoat/webgoat-8.0
docker run -p 8080:8080 -it webgoat/webgoat-8.0 /home/webgoat/ 

If you want to keep the database between Docker sessions you need to map the WebGoat data directory to a folder on the host system as follows:

docker run -p 8080:8080 -it -v /tmp/webgoat-data:/home/webgoat/.webgoat-${VERSION} webgoat/webgoat-8.0 /home/webgoat/

where ${VERSION} is for example v8.0.0.M14. The data will now be stored in /tmp/webgoat-data on your host system.

Wait for the Docker container to start, and run docker ps to verify it's running.

  • If you are using docker-machine, verify the machine IP using docker-machine env
  • If you are using boot2docker on OSX, verify the IP by running docker network inspect bridge
  • Otherwise, the host will be bound to localhost

Once you have the IP and port, you'll want to navigate to the /WebGoat path in the URL. For example:

Here you'll be able to register a new user and get started.

Please note: this version may not be completely in sync with the develop branch.

3. Run from the sources


  • Java 8
  • 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



We supply a complete development environment using Vagrant, to run WebGoat with Vagrant you must first have Vagrant and Virtualbox installed.

   $ cd WebGoat/webgoat-images/vagrant-training
   $ vagrant up

Once the provisioning is complete login to the Virtualbox with username vagrant and password vagrant. The source code will be available in the home directory.

Building a new Docker image

NOTE: Travis will create a new Docker image automatically when making a new release.

WebGoat now has Docker support for x86 and ARM (raspberry pi).

Docker on x86

On x86 you can build a container with the following commands:

cd WebGoat/
mvn install
cd webgoat-server
docker build -t webgoat/webgoat-8.0 .
docker tag webgoat/webgoat-8.0 webgoat/webgoat-8.0:8.0
docker login
docker push webgoat/webgoat-8.0

Docker on ARM (Raspberry Pi)

On a Raspberry Pi (it has yet been tested with a Raspberry Pi 3 and the hypriot Docker image) you need to build JFFI for ARM first. This is needed by the docker-maven-plugin (see here):

sudo apt-get install build-essential
git clone
cd jffi
ant jar
cd build/jni
sudo cp /usr/lib

When you have done this you can build the Docker container using the following commands:

cd WebGoat/
mvn install
cd webgoat-server
mvn docker:build -Drpi=true
docker tag webgoat/webgoat-8.0 webgoat/webgoat-8.0:8.0
docker login
docker push webgoat/webgoat-8.0