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Running Confluence on Port 80

Luis Mayora Sep 18, 2012

Does anyone know the steps to run confluence on port 80 using Linux. Already follow the instructions for the server.xml but it is not working.

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Luis Mayora Oct 09, 2012

I did use a tcp redirect to port 8090 since this is a linux kernel security feature. I wasn't thinking on installing apache since is another component to maintain. Guess my Confluence Site Configurationwill be maintained with Puppet.

Bruna Griebeler Dec 06, 2012

Just to reinforce Louis answer: How to Redirect Port 8090 to 80 Using Iptables

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Tim Wong Dec 07, 2012

You can't bind any port <1024 in linux unless you're a priviledged user. You can either run as root (not cool), or you could run a reverse proxy to redirect traffic from 80 to somethign else (cooler).

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Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Sep 18, 2012

We don't know what instructions you have followed, or what your setup is.

If it's the standalone installation, then you've got two basic options:

1. Change the port on the Tomcat to listen on port 80. You *will* need to fiddle with the security somewhat, as programs are not generally allowed to use ports below 1024 unless they are running as root.

2. Do what most of us do - whack apache on the machine and tell it to proxy http://yourmachine to http://yourlocaljira:8090

Oren Feldman Nov 20, 2012

How do you set option 2? how to set the proxy?

I tried to set in proxy.conf the following but it didn't work, any hints?

<VirtualHost> ServerName ServerAlias ProxyRequests Off ProxyPreserveHost On <Proxy *> Order deny,allow Allow from all </Proxy> ProxyPass / http://localhost:8090/ ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:8090/ <Location // > Order deny,allow Deny from all Allow from </Location> </VirtualHost>

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Bruna Griebeler Sep 18, 2012

He Louis

I recommend you to use Apache with mod_proxy to better manage the ports to your Web Services:

Then you may use your Confluence Instance as follows: - your intended URL


http://example:8090 - the hostname and port Confluence is currently installed to


/confluence - the intended context path (the part after hostname and port)

Hope it helps! :)

Harry Chan Sep 18, 2012

Are you running this from a user other than root? Then yes, you won't be able to access those ports and that is the problem. You need to play with the iptables and get it to redirect the ports. Setup Confluence on another port and then redirect to port 80.

Luis Mayora Sep 18, 2012

Personally, I dont think I should install Apache since it is another component to maintain. I understand that this is not related to confluence and is only related to a linux environment. I dont know it is feasible to change the linux configuration to access ports below 1024.


Luis Mayora Sep 18, 2012

Guessing i will have to automate this configuration using a puppet client on our confluence vm. No need to use root at this time :)

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