Download the following files:

  1. JDK – – select 32 or 64 bit depending on your OS
  2. Netbeans IDE – – I went for “All” version
  3. MySQL Server – – mysql-installer-community
  4. Apache Tomcat – – 32-bit/64-bit Windows Service Installer


  • Run the installer following the prompts

Netbeans IDE Install

MySQL Server Install

  • Run the installer following the prompts
  • Set root password

Apache Tomcat Install

  • Run the installer following the prompts
  • Location – install outside of Program Files. In this case I did the root of C:\
  • Set a manager username and password

Netbeans IDE Setup

Apache Tomcat

  1. Tools
  2. Servers
  3. Add Server
  4. Apache Tomcat
  5. Select Apache Tomcat location – C:\ in this case
  6. Enter the username and password of the manager account setup during install
  7. Close


  1. Make sure MySQL server is running – check with MySQL workbench
  2. Insert test db through workbench
  3. Update config file in Netbeans where necessary e.g. web.xml

Test Application

  1. Select the Run Project Option
  2. Test your app
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