Install Solr on Ubuntu 11.04 Server

By Shay Anderson on July 2011
You may want to first update and upgrade system:>> apt-get update
>> apt-get upgrade
Install Java:>> apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-pluginIf sun-java6-jde is not found do this:>> apt-get install python-software-properties
>> add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/java
>> apt-get update
>> apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin
Check Java install version:>> java -version
java version "1.6.0_26"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_26-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 20.1-b02, mixed mode, sharing)
Create directory for Solr:>> mkdir /home/solr
>> cd /home/solr
Download version of Solr from
For example:>> wget Solr from downloaded file:>> tar -xvf apache-solr-1.4.1.tgzGo to new extracted Solr example directory, for example:
>> cd /home/solr/apache-solr-1.4.1/exampleStart Solr with:>> java –jar start.jarThis should display a bunch of text output, along with this:Started SocketConnector @ browser and attempt to load Solr:http://localhost:8983or IP address example:

If Solr is installed correctly a link should be display, that will redirect you to the Solr page and Solr admin access link

You can stop the Solr service by using Ctrl+c from the command line

You can start Solr server in the background by using:>> java -jar start.jar &
You can check for a listening Solr port with netstat:>> netstat -l
tcp6 0 0 [::]:8983 [::]:* LISTEN

If you want to secure the admin pages look at this article.