What is Winstone?
Winstone is a command line interface around Jetty 9.2, which implements servlet 3.1, WebSocket/JSR-356, and SPDY support. It is used as the default embedded servlet container in Jenkins (via executable-war module) and can be used by any other web applications that want to be self-contained.
Winstone was originally a from-scratch servlet container by Rick Knowles with a good command line interface. Over time, the upstream development has halted, and it became impractical to maintain a from-scratch servlet implementation on our own. To reduce this maintenance burden, the gut of Winstone has been removed and delegated Jetty, while CLI was preserved, and we called it Winstone 2.0.
The license of Winstone inherits its original license by Rick.
The Web-App DTD files (everything in the
src/javax/servlet/jsp/resources folders) are covered by the licenses
described at the top of each file (usually as licensed by Sun Microsystems).
As of v0.8.1, all other files are dual-licensed, under either the Lesser GNU Public License (LGPL) as described in LICENSE-LGPL.txt, or the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) as decribed in LICENSE-CDDL.txt.
The goal of dual-licensing is to make Winstone as attractive as possible to distributors of commercial webapps, while ensuring everyone benefits from any improvements. The CDDL allows free distribution with any commercial applications, while distribution with a GPL licensed webapp is also possible under the LGPL. If you are unclear about which license applies to an application you wish to distribute or sell, please contact me.
To run a single war file:
java -jar winstone.jar --warfile=<location of warfile> (+ other options)
To run a directory full of war files:
java -jar winstone.jar --webappsDir=<location of webapps directory> (+ other options)
To run locally exploded web archive:
java -jar winstone.jar --webroot=<location of webroot> (+ other options)
To run different web applications for diffent virtual hosts:
java -jar winstone.jar --hostsDir=<location of hosts directory> (+ other options)
Usage: java winstone.Launcher [--option=value] [--option=value] [etc] Required options: either --webroot OR --warfile OR --webappsDir OR --hostsDir --webroot = set document root folder. --warfile = set location of warfile to extract from. --webappsDir = set directory for multiple webapps to be deployed from Other options: --javaHome = Override the JAVA_HOME variable --toolsJar = The location of tools.jar. Default is JAVA_HOME/lib/tools.jar --config = load configuration properties from here. Default is ./winstone.properties --prefix = add this prefix to all URLs (eg http://localhost:8080/prefix/resource). Default is none --commonLibFolder = folder for additional jar files. Default is ./lib --logThrowingLineNo = show the line no that logged the message (slow). Default is false --logThrowingThread = show the thread that logged the message. Default is false --debug = set the level of debug msgs (1-9). Default is 5 (INFO level) --httpPort = set the http listening port. -1 to disable, Default is 8080 --httpListenAddress = set the http listening address. Default is all interfaces --httpKeepAliveTimeout = how long idle HTTP keep-alive connections are kept around (in ms; default 5000)? --httpsPort = set the https listening port. -1 to disable, Default is disabled --httpsListenAddress = set the https listening address. Default is all interfaces --httpsKeepAliveTimeout = how long idle HTTPS keep-alive connections are kept around (in ms; default 5000)? --httpsKeyStore = the location of the SSL KeyStore file. Default is ./winstone.ks --httpsKeyStorePassword = the password for the SSL KeyStore file. Default is null --httpsKeyManagerType = the SSL KeyManagerFactory type (eg SunX509, IbmX509). Default is SunX509 --httpsPrivateKey = this switch with --httpsCertificate can be used to run HTTPS with OpenSSL secret key / --httpsCertificate file and the corresponding certificate file --spdy = Enable SPDY. See http://wiki.eclipse.org/Jetty/Feature/NPN --controlPort = set the shutdown/control port. -1 to disable, Default disabled --handlerCountMax = set the max no of worker threads to allow. Default is 40 --handlerCountMaxIdle = set the max no of idle worker threads to allow. Default is 5 --useJasper = enable jasper JSP handling (true/false). Default is false --sessionTimeout = set the http session timeout value in minutes. Default to what webapp specifies, and then to 60 minutes --mimeTypes=ARG = define additional MIME type mappings. ARG would be EXT=MIMETYPE:EXT=MIMETYPE:... (e.g., xls=application/vnd.ms-excel:wmf=application/x-msmetafile) --maxParamCount=N = set the max number of parameters allowed in a form submission to protect against hash DoS attack (oCERT #2011-003). Default is 10000. --usage / --help = show this message Security options: --realmClassName = Set the realm class to use for user authentication. Defaults to ArgumentsRealm class --argumentsRealm.passwd.<user> = Password for user <user>. Only valid for the ArgumentsRealm realm class --argumentsRealm.roles.<user> = Roles for user <user> (comma separated). Only valid for the ArgumentsRealm realm class --fileRealm.configFile = File containing users/passwds/roles. Only valid for the FileRealm realm class Access logging: --accessLoggerClassName = Set the access logger class to use for user authentication. Defaults to disabled --simpleAccessLogger.format = The log format to use. Supports combined/common/resin/custom (SimpleAccessLogger only) --simpleAccessLogger.file = The location pattern for the log file(SimpleAccessLogger only)
You don't really need a config file, but sometimes it's handy to be able to use the same settings each time without running through the command history.
Winstone looks for a config file
winstone.properties in the current directory
(or in the location specified with
--config) at startup. It loads
the properties in this file, overrides them with any supplied command
line properties, and then starts itself.
This is just intended as a handy feature for people who want to cache regular startup options, rather than using batch files.
The simplest way to use winstone is with a single webapp. To do this, just supply the warfile or webroot directory as an argument:
java -jar winstone.jar <webroot or warfile>, (this method auto-detects the type) or
java -jar winstone.jar --webroot=<webroot>, or
java -jar winstone.jar --warfile=<warfile>
If you need to support multiple webapps, use the
to which you pass a directory that contains multiple warfiles/webroots.
java -jar winstone.jar --webappsDir=<dir containing multiple webroots>
The directory becomes the prefix name for that webapp (so hello becomes
The directory named ROOT becomes the no-prefix webapp.
So, for example, if you had a directory
/usr/local/webapps which contained
test, if you executed
java -jar winstone.jar --webappsDir=/usr/local/webapps, you would find that
the test folder would act as a webroot for requests prefixed with
/test, while other requests would go to the webapp in the
If you need multiple hosts (sometimes called name-based virtual hosting),
there is an option
--hostsDir. This acts in a similar way to the
but it defines an extra level of sub-directories, the top being a per-host directory
and the second a per-webapp directory as with
The directory name becomes the host name: that is, a directory named
will only serve requests with the host header www.blah.com, unless it is the default
host. If a directory named "default" is found, it becomes the default host.
If no default directory is found, the first directory in the list (alphabetically)
becomes the default host.
java -jar winstone.jar --hostsDir=<dir containing multiple host directories>
New features in v3.0:
- Jetty is now upgraded to 9.2 to bring the servlet 3.1 support. Winstone now requires Java7.
- AJP support was dropped due to the discontinuation of the AJP support in Jetty
New features in v2.0:
- The engine is now Jetty 8.x, instead of the original from-scratch implementation
For pre-1.0 history, see the upstream changelog