.WAR File Extension

Web Application Archive

WAR files contain web applications deployable on servers. They store Java source code along with resources like HTML, images, and audio files. The file structure includes the /WEB-INF directory with a...

General Information

Title WAR File Extension
Extension .war
Full Form Web Application Archive
File Type Archive File
Developer Sun Microsystems
MIME Type application/java-archive

File Function

Primary Function Store web application
Additional Functions Deployment on servers, Packaging components
Features Contains JSPs, Servlets, HTML

File Characteristics

Quality Highly structured
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes, prior extraction

Use Cases

Web Application Deployment Yes
Enterprise Applications Yes
Java EE Servers Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Code injection, Vulnerabilities
Best Practices Regular updates, Server hardening

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1990s
Latest Version Dependent on Java EE, Jakarta EE

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .jar, .ear, .rar

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Apache Tomcat Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix
Oracle WebLogic Commercial Windows, Linux, Unix
IBM WebSphere Commercial Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, IBM i