Howto control Tomcat using wget

I just had to restart a webapp in Tomcat without stopping a second app running in the same tomcat instance.

Usually this can be done easily via the Tomcat Manager, but in this case I was not able to access the Manager due to firewall rules. Though I was able to access the server using ssh, but there was no curl installed.

Luckily wget did the trick too!

wget \
--http-user=manager-user \
--http-password=manager-password \
-q -O - http://localhost:8080/manager/html/reload?path=/test \
| grep -A1 Message|awk -F'>' '{print $NF}'

OK - Started application at context path /test