The plugin provides deployment capabilities of web applications to an embedded Tomcat web container in any given Gradle build. It extends the War plugin. At the moment the Tomcat versions 6.0.x, 7.0.x, 8.0.x, 8.5.x and 9.0.x are supported. The typical use case for this plugin is to support deployment during development. The plugin allows for rapid web application development due to the container's fast startup times. Gradle starts the embedded container in the same JVM. Currently, the container cannot be forked as a separate process. This plugin also can't deploy a WAR file to a remote container. If you are looking for this capability, please have a look at the Cargo plugin instead.