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You can use Jetty in many different ways, ranging from embedding Jetty in applications, launching it from different build systems, from different JVM-based languages, or as a standalone distribution. This guide covers the latter, a standalone distribution suitable for deploying web applications.
The standalone Jetty distribution is available for download from the Eclipse Foundation:
It is available in both zip and gzip formats; download the one most appropriate for your system.
Notice that there are a number of other files with extensions of .sha or .md5 which are checksum files.
When you download and unpack the binary, it is extracted into a directory called
Put this directory in a convenient location.
The rest of the instructions in this documentation refer to this location as either
JETTY_HOME or as
A quick rundown of the distribution’s contents follows. The top-level directory contains:
Table 2.1. Contents
License file for Jetty
Useful getting started information
Utility shell scripts to help run Jetty on Unix systems
A Jetty base directory to run a Jetty server with demonstration webapps
Directory for Jetty XML configuration files
All the JAR files necessary to run Jetty
Directory for request logs
Directory of module definitions
License information and exceptions
Directory containing additional resources for classpath, activated via configuration
Directory of *.ini files containing arguments that are added to the effective command line (see start.ini)
File containing the arguments that are added to the effective command line (modules, properties and XML configuration files)
Jar that invokes Jetty (see also Running Jetty)
Directory containing webapps that run under the default configuration of Jetty