Chessweb is a J2EE web application. This means it runs within a J2EE application server. Whilst chessweb should work on any J2EE application server, it has only been tested on Tomcat, and this document focuses on installation with Tomcat.
First off, download the latest version from the tomcat download site. If installing under Windows, download the setup.exe version - it's tailor-made to make installation easy. Follow the instructions, and start it up when it's finished installing (make a note of the installation directory and port number it assigns).
Download chessweb from the sourceforge download page. If you want build chessweb yourself, download one of the source archives. Otherwise, download the .war file.
Copy the chessweb .war file into the webapps directory under your Tomcat installation. If you installed Tomcat 5.5 under Windows and accepted the defaults, this will be
c:\program files\apache software foundation\tomcat 5.5\webapps.
Start Tomcat. Under windows, this can by done by running
net start "Apache Tomcat".
<your-tomcat-site>/chessweb. Under the default installation, this would be http://localhost:8080.
Click on the
Current game link to view the current game. A new frame loads up, split into three. The three frames are: the board, the moves and the move history.
In version 1.0 of chessweb, moves are made by typing in the coordinates for the source and destination squares, following the algebraic notation. For example, type in
e2 for source and
e3 for destination to move the White King's pawn up one square. With version 2.0+ of chessweb, the interface is simplified greatly, and mouse clicks can be substituted for typing in the coordinates. When the
submit form button is pressed, the move is executed and added to the move history frame.