Configure an application server with gzip compression

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Using gzip compression in your application server can improve performance by reducing network load for some resources. This page describes how to activate gzip compression for a Bonita BPM Platform with Tomcat and with JBoss.

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To activate compression for JBoss:

  • For Linux systems: edit bin/standalone.conf and uncomment this line:
  • JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -Dorg.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol.COMPRESSION=on"
  • For Windows systems: edit bin/standalone.conf.bat and uncomment this line:
  • set "JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -Dorg.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol.COMPRESSION=on"


To activate gzip compression for http requests, you need to modify the server.xml configuration.

Open server.xml and find the Connector configuration that you use. Edit the section to add following parameters:

Property Description Example
compression Activates or deactivates gzip compression. on
compressionMinSize The minimum size of resources to be compressed. It is not useful to compress resources that are already small. 2048
noCompressionUserAgents The User Agents for which compressions is not to be used. Some older browseers do not support compression. gozilla, traviata
compressableMimeType The MIME types of the resources to be compressed. We recommend that all text files be compressed. text/html,text/xml

If you use the Tomcat bundle, the file to edit is conf/server.xml. If you use a different package, use the corresponding path; for example on Ubuntu the file is located in /etc/tomcat7/server.xml.

Connector configuration:

<Connector port="8080" protocol="HTTP/1.1"
   noCompressionUserAgents="gozilla, traviata"

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After you modify the file, restart your application server and test with the following curl command:

curl -I -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip' http://ip_address:port/bonita/login.jsp

Check that the header returned contains the line Content-Encoding: gzip. For example, on a JBoss system the output will be similar to this:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
Expires: 0
Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, proxy-revalidate
Pragma: no-cache
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
X-Powered-By: JSP/2.2
Content-Type: text/html;charset=UTF-8
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Encoding: gzip
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Last update on Jan, 21 2016