Tomcat behind Apache 2 reverse proxy

Today, I wanted to set up a Tomcat engine that runs on some 80xx port so that it looks like a usual web server running on port 80. I had to fiddle with the settings for some time and maybe, you have got the same steps to do, so this is what I did:

Insert this virtual host declaration in /etc/apache2/vhosts.d/myown_vhost.conf:

<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName www.myownhost.com ServerAdmin webmaster@myownhost.com # don't lose time with IP address lookups HostnameLookups Off # needed for named virtual hosts UseCanonicalName Off ProxyPass / http://localhost:80xx/ ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:80xx/ </VirtualHost>

But this was not enough. Some application inside Tomcat calls request.getServerName() and still gets „localhost“. So, inside Tomcat, I had to edit conf/server.xml and modify the connector declaration:

<Connector port="8088"  address="localhost"  proxyName="www.myownhost.com"  proxyPort="80" ... other arguments here ...

After that, everything worked just fine.

For detailed information, see http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-6.0-doc/config/http.html