Tomcat is a popular open source application server. The Maven Tomcat plugin supports the ability to build and deploy Maven projects in Tomcat. In fact, there are two Maven Tomcat plugins, one for Tomcat 6 and another for Tomcat 7.
Let us look at how to run a web project with Tomcat 7. The steps will be identical for Tomcat 6, except that the plugin would be
tomcat6-maven-plugin instead of
tomcat7-maven-plugin, and the plugin prefix would be
tomcat6 instead of