Stand-alone WAR installation

If you’d prefer not to use a Tomcat container, you can also run Airsonic as a standalone application. Note that, in that case, airsonic will available at http://localhost:8080 (and not http://localhost:8080/airsonic).


In order to install and run Airsonic, you will need:

Download Airsonic WAR package

Download the latest Airsonic .war package from the download page, or with the command below:


Download and import Andrew DeMaria public key:

gpg --keyserver --recv 0A3F5E91F8364EDF

Download the signed checksums file and verify the previously download .war package:

gpg --verify artifacts-checksums.sha.asc
sha256sum -c artifacts-checksums.sha.asc

Run Airsonic WAR package

Create the Airsonic directory and assign ownership to the user that will run Airsonic:

sudo mkdir /var/airsonic/
sudo chown -R $USER:$GROUP /var/airsonic/

Now you can simply run java against the airsonic.war package:

java -jar airsonic.war

Airsonic should be running at http://localhost:8080 if installed locally, replace localhost with your server IP address if installed remotely.


To go a bit further than just running the airsonic manually, one can setup integration with Systemd. Systemd is an init system for most linux systems. It allows one to run airsonic on boot. These steps below were done on a Fedora host, however the steps should be similar for other Linux distributions.

By following these systemd setup instructions, Airsonic will be available at http://localhost:8080/airsonic.

Setup dedicated airsonic user:

useradd airsonic

Setup Airsonic data dir:

mkdir /var/airsonic
chown airsonic /var/airsonic

Download the war:

wget  --output-document=/var/airsonic/airsonic.war

Setup systemd service:

wget -O /etc/systemd/system/airsonic.service
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl start airsonic.service
systemctl enable airsonic.service
wget -O /etc/sysconfig/airsonic

NOTE: On Debian systems you need to replace /etc/sysconfig with /etc/default)

Review/Modify any startup settings in /etc/sysconfig/airsonic.