Here is how to install Tomcat on Mac OS X and get it up and running quickly:
1. Download tomcat
I downloaded Tomcat 6 which is not the latest version but it supports java 1.5 and 1.6, while Tomcat 7 only supports java 1.6. But whichever version you download is up to you. Go to the apache site and download tomcat. I went here
and downloaded the binary distribution called “tar.gz”
2. Install tomcat
Unzip tomcat download, rename folder to “tomcat” and go into Finder and place folder here:
Now it is installed! You may want to make a text file inside the tomcat folder, with the version information.
Can’t find your usr folder inside your Macintosh HD? You need to show your hidden files!
Open a new TERMINAL window and enter the following:
$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
$ killall Finder
3. Start tomcat
Open TERMINAL and enter the following:
Though it is not always necessary, you might need to enter the chmod command below to give permission to launch a .sh script.
$ cd /usr/local/tomcat/bin
$ chmod +x startup.sh
$ sh startup.sh
4. Open a browser…
Enter http://localhost:8080/ and see that you get the default tomcat page. That means it is running.