HTTP 500 on localhost:8090/bootstrap/selectsetupstep.action


I am trying to install confluence but whenever I start the server and navigate to the above URI I get;

HTTP Status 500 - Invocation of method 'getUserLocaleDefaultDatePattern' in class com.atlassian.confluence.setup.actions.SelectSetupStepAction threw exception java.lang.NullPointerException at /decorators/includes/header.vm[line 51, column 47]

I have already tried restarting the server but no luck.

Any help/advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

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Hi Felipe and Saleh,

So I made it work now and I have finally navigated to the installation page.

What i did is;

- Setup a clean confluence directory and a confluence-home dir

- change the listen ports

- set confluence-home config from scratch

And it worked.

Im not sure why this happened but this is how i made it work.

Thanks for your help again.



Hi Peter,

Can you please upload the contents of your <install folder>/logs/catalina.out and <data folder>/logs/atlassian-confluence.log

Best regards,

Felipe Alencastro

Hello Felipe and Saleh,

Thank you for your quick response.

Please find the logs attached.

catalina.out: (catalina.out.log)

atlassian-confluence.log: (atlassian-confluence.log)

I have also tried to install Confluence with full permissions but i get the same error.

Also, please note that on the same machine I am running Jira and Stash with no errors/issues.

Thank you,


Hi Peter,

Please ensure that the user that run Confluence has full permissions (Read, Write, Execute) in <Confluence-Home> and <Confluence-Install> directories.

However, if your user has full permissions for further investigation you need to refer to your log files that mentioned by Felipe.



Hello Peter,

I've looked through your catalina.out file and I found following error:

SEVERE: Failed to initialize end point associated with ProtocolHandler ["http-bio-8090"] Address already in use &lt;null&gt;:8090
	at org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol.init(
	at org.apache.coyote.http11.AbstractHttp11JsseProtocol.init(
	at org.apache.catalina.connector.Connector.initInternal(
	at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.init(
	at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService.initInternal(
	at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.init(
	at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer.initInternal(
	at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.init(
	at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.load(
	at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.load(
	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
	at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
	at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
	at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.load(
	at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.main(
Caused by: Address already in use
	at Method)
	... 17 more

Above stacktrace shows that assigned port number being used by another service. Please ensure that the port number you're using for your instance is not occupied by the other application.

However, you can refer to following documentation to see how to change your Confluence port number:

I found following knowledge base also, you can check the cause and resolution of this issue in following knowledge base article:



Hello Saleh,

Thank you for your help.

I have followed all the steps you provided me with, and I have changed the listen port as described in the documentation but I still get the same error.

I also do not get the above port error anymore (in catalina.out) but a different one which can be found in the attached folder;

: (catalina.out.log)

Furthemore, I have executed netstat -an but it did not gave back useful information. So, it seems that the :8090 port is free.

Not sure how to proceed, so any advice is appreciated.

Thank you,


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