Chapter 2. Preparing for Installation

2.1. Choosing a JBoss EAP Installation Method

There are several different ways to install JBoss EAP. Each method is best used in certain situations. The table below provides a brief overview of each type of installation, and links to the sections that cover the relevant installation processes.


If you plan to use JBoss ON to deploy and install JBoss EAP patches, the target JBoss EAP instances must be installed using the ZIP installation method.

Table 2.1. Installation Methods


ZIP Installation

The ZIP archive is suitable for installation on all supported operating systems. This method should be used if you wish to extract the instance manually.

The ZIP installation provides a default installation of JBoss EAP, and all configuration must be done following installation.

JAR Installer

The JAR installer can either be run in a console or as a graphical wizard. Both options provide step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring the server instance. This is the preferred method to install JBoss EAP on all supported platforms.

Additional setup, including the Quickstarts and Maven repository, is also possible with the installer.

RPM Installation

JBoss EAP can be installed using RPM packages on supported installations of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

2.2. JBoss EAP Installation Prerequisites

Each installation method has a number of prerequisites. The table below covers the common requirements, as well as those specific to each installation method.

Table 2.2. JBoss EAP Installation Prerequisites

Installation typePrerequisites

Common Prerequisites

ZIP/Installer Prerequisites

  • Ensure that a supported Java Development Kit (JDK) has been installed.
  • On Microsoft Windows Server, ensure that the JAVA_HOME and PATH environment variables have been set, otherwise shortcuts will not work.

RPM Prerequisites

  • Register the Red Hat Enterprise Linux server using Red Hat Subscription Manager.
  • Ensure that a supported Java Development Kit (JDK) has been installed.