Creates a reference to an application.


asadmin [asadmin-options] create-application-ref [--help]
[--target target]
[--virtualservers virtual_servers] [--enabled=true]
[--lbenabled=true] reference_name


The create-application-ref subcommand creates a reference from a cluster or an unclustered server instance to a previously deployed application element (for example, a Java EE application, a Web module, or an enterprise bean module). This effectively results in the application element being deployed and made available on the targeted instance or cluster.

The target instance or instances making up the cluster need not be running or available for this subcommand to succeed. If one or more instances are not available, they will receive the new application element the next time they start.

This subcommand is supported in remote mode only.



Options for the asadmin utility. For information about these options, see the asadmin help page.


Displays the help text for the subcommand.


Specifies the target for which you are creating the application reference. Valid values are

  • server - Specifies the default server instance as the target for creating the application reference. server is the name of the default server instance and is the default value for this option.

  • cluster_name - Specifies a particular cluster as the target for creating the application reference.

  • instance_name - Specifies a particular stand-alone server instance as the target for creating the application reference.


Specifies a comma-separated list of virtual server IDs on which to deploy. This option applies only to Web modules (either standalone or in a Java EE application). If this option is not specified, the application is deployed to all virtual servers except the administrative server, __asadmin.


Indicates whether the application should be enabled (that is, loaded). This value will take effect only if the application is enabled at the global level. The default is true.


Controls whether the deployed application is available for load balancing. The default is true.



The name of the application or module, which can be a Java EE application, Web module, EJB module, connector module, application client module, or lifecycle module.
The name can include an optional version identifier, which follows the name and is separated from the name by a colon (:). The version identifier must begin with a letter or number. It can contain alphanumeric characters plus underscore (_), dash (-), and period (.) characters. If the --enabled option is set to false, you can create references to multiple disabled versions by using an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character. For more information about module and application versions, see "Module and Application Versions" in Payara Server Application Deployment section.


Example 1 Creating an Application Reference

The following example creates a reference to the Web module MyWebApp on the unclustered server instance NewServer.

asadmin> create-application-ref --target NewServer MyWebApp
Command create-application-ref executed successfully.

Exit Status


command executed successfully


error in executing the command

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