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Enabling CGI support in GlassFish

Wants to execute CGI in GlassFish? The GlassFish CGI support is disabled by default, and it is based on the Tomcat implementation. Two ways to enable it: only inside your web application or for all web applications deployed in GlassFish. I strongly recommend you enable it inside your application only for security reason, but if you control the applications deployed in GlassFish, then enabling it to all web applications might be simpler. For your web application, you will add the information in your WEB-INF/web.xml. To enable it globally, you will add it in $glassfish.home/domains/domain1/config/default-web.xml.

First, define the CGI Servlet:

  <!-- Common Gateway Includes (CGI) processing servlet, which supports     -->
  <!-- execution of external applications that conform to the CGI spec      -->
  <!-- requirements.  Typically, this servlet is mapped to the URL pattern  -->
  <!-- "/cgi-bin/*", which means that any CGI applications that are         -->
  <!-- executed must be present within the web application.  This servlet   -->
  <!-- supports the following initialization parameters (default values     -->
  <!-- are in square brackets):                                             -->
  <!--                                                                      -->
  <!--   cgiPathPrefix        The CGI search path will start at             -->
  <!--                        webAppRootDir + File.separator + this prefix. -->
  <!--                        [WEB-INF/cgi]                                 -->
  <!--                                                                      -->
  <!--   debug                Debugging detail level for messages logged    -->
  <!--                        by this servlet.  [0]                         -->
  <!--                                                                      -->
  <!--   executable           Name of the exectuable used to run the        -->
  <!--                        script. [perl]                                -->
  <!--                                                                      -->
  <!--   parameterEncoding    Name of parameter encoding to be used with    -->
  <!--                        CGI servlet.                                  -->
  <!--                        [System.getProperty("file.encoding","UTF-8")] -->
  <!--                                                                      -->
  <!--   passShellEnvironment Should the shell environment variables (if    -->
  <!--                        any) be passed to the CGI script? [false]     -->
  <!--                                                                      -->

Then define the servlet mapping:


If you added this info in default-web.xml, you gonna need to restart GlassFish. Then in you web application, creates a folder under


and drop you CGI under than folder, then deploy your application. You will be able to execute your CGI by doing:



_uacct = “UA-3111670-1”;

Categories: GlassFish
  1. November 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I had done accordingly but it didn’t work out.I got Blank page

  2. rohit
    February 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    i have performed all the steps but its does not work

  3. March 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    You need the following init-param in the servlet

    perl -T

  4. March 6, 2012 at 11:37 am
          <param-value>perl -T</param-value>
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