Deploying PowerAuth Server

This chapter explains how to deploy PowerAuth Server.

Supported Databases

Following databases are supported:

  • Oracle Database 11g or 12c, or
  • MySQL 5.5 or newer, or
  • PostgreSQL 9.5.4 or newer

Note that MSSQL database is not supported.

Downloading PowerAuth Server WAR

You can download the latest powerauth-java-server.war at the PowerAuth Server releases page.

Adding Database Connector on Classpath

In order for the database connectivity to work, you need to add appropriate DB client libraries on your classpath.

For example, when using Oracle with Tomcat, make sure to add ojdbc-${VERSION}.jar to the ${CATALINA_HOME}/lib folder (server restart will be required).

Creating the Database Schema

In order for the PowerAuth Server to work, you need to have a correct schema in the database. To create the correct database schema, execute these SQL scripts for your database engine:

You can read more about PowerAuth Server database schema in following guide:

Connecting PowerAuth Server to Database

Default Database Connectivity Parameters

The default database connectivity parameters in powerauth-java-server.war are following (MySQL defaults):


These parameters are of course only for the testing purposes, they are not suitable for production environment. They should be overridden for your production environment using a standard Spring database connectivity related properties.

Oracle Connectivity Parameters

For Oracle database use following connectivity parameters (example):


PostgreSQL Connectivity Parameters

For PostgreSQL use following connectivity parameters (example):


Specifying Database Connection Character Set

The character set is defined when creating database and each database supports different character sets. In case of any national character issues, make sure to configure character encoding for database connection (example):

PowerAuth Server Configuration

(optional) Optionally, you may set up following properties in order to configure your PowerAuth Server instance:

powerauth.service.applicationDisplayName=PowerAuth Server

These properties are returned when calling the getSystemStatus method of the SOAP interface.

Enabling PowerAuth Server Security

(optional) By default, PowerAuth Server can be accessed by any application that can see the WSDL and SOAP services (or access the RESTful interface). To change this behavior, you can set up a restricted access flag in the server configuration:

powerauth.service.restrictAccess=true # 'false' is default value

If the restricted access is enabled, PowerAuth Server uses credentials stored in pa_integration table to verify the access permission. Therefore, you must create a record for each application you that will integrate with PowerAuth Server.

INSERT INTO `powerauth`.`pa_integration` (`id`, `name`, `client_token`, `client_secret`)
    VALUES ("$(ID)", "$(NAME)", "$(CLIENT_TOKEN)", "$(CLIENT_SECRET)");

Values of ID, CLIENT_TOKEN and CLIENT_SECRET must be in UUID Level 4 format (for example 60586743-89d0-4689-b0fb-f4c597294b67), NAME can be any name of the integration (for example, a name of the associated application).

Note: For SOAP interface, PowerAuth Server uses WS-Security, UsernameToken validation (plain text password). The RESTful interface is secured using Basic HTTP Authentication (pre-emptive).

Deploying PowerAuth Server WAR File

You can deploy PowerAuth Server WAR into any Java EE container.

The default configuration works best with Apache Tomcat server running on default port 8080. In this case, the deployed server is accessible on http://localhost:8080/powerauth-java-server/ (WSDL is then available on http://localhost:8080/powerauth-java-server/soap/service.wsdl).

To deploy PowerAuth Server to Apache Tomcat, simply copy the WAR file in your webapps folder or deploy it using the “Tomcat Web Application Manager” application (usually deployed on default Tomcat address http://localhost:8080/manager).

Deploying PowerAuth Server Outside the Container

You can also execute PowerAuth Server WAR file directly using the following command:

java -jar powerauth-java-server.war

Note: You can overwrite the port using -Dserver.port=8090 parameter to avoid port conflicts.

Generating Your First Application

In order to initialize the database with an application, call PowerAuth Server RESTful service endpoint:

$ curl -s -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{ "requestObject": { "applicationName": "DEMO APPLICATION NAME" } }' http://localhost:8080/powerauth-java-server/rest/v3/application/create | json_pp
   "status" : "OK",
   "responseObject" : {
      "applicationId" : 1,
      "applicationName" : "DEMO APPLICATION NAME"

This command will create:

  • A new application instance named “DEMO APPLICATION NAME” with an id = 1.
  • A default application version named “default” with associated application_key and application_secret values
  • A new master key pair associated with the application.

To get the application details, you can copy the applicationId value from the previous response and call:

$ curl -s -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{ "requestObject": { "applicationId": 1 } }' http://localhost:8080/powerauth-java-server/rest/v3/application/detail | json_pp
   "status" : "OK",
   "responseObject" : {
      "masterPublicKey" : "BKOUTVjJKVB/AnRwq3tbqVkol6omI9DS6E/Yu3swh0l6MewONsjL01LA2/dxpgN5+6Ihy9cW1BpuYtdoFrxxlTA=",
      "applicationId" : 1,
      "versions" : [
            "applicationVersionId" : 1,
            "applicationVersionName" : "default",
            "applicationKey" : "zinbZhRMTXP4UTY+QrjZsg==",
            "applicationSecret" : "tzE7Ps0Ia8G/pFM75rh6yA==",
            "supported" : true
      "applicationName" : "DEMO APPLICATION NAME"


Issues With Database Connectivity

Note that some database engines (for example MySQL) let you specify the default schema as a part of a URL. Other engines, for example Oracle, do not allow this. In order to specify the correct default schema, you need to use a following property:

Some application servers, such as WildFly by JBoss, are very restrictive in class loading. As a result, you might get “Cannot load driver class: oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver” errors despite the fact the proper driver is on the server classpath. In order to workaround this issue in a clean fashion, you need to create a JNDI datasource (named for example jdbc/powerauth) and use it instead of JDBC properties - you must set these to empty values. This way, server smartly recognizes that the driver library must be loaded. To use JNDI configuration, set the system properties like so:


Issues With Bouncy Castle Provider

PowerAuth Server uses Bouncy Castle as a Java cryptography provider - this library is bundled in the WAR package. As a result, you need to install unlimited policy files in your JVM and follow the instructions provided by your server vendor on specifics related to working with the Bouncy Castle library.

Please follow our tutorial how to configure Bouncy Castle.


In order to make PowerAuth Server work on Wildfly, you need to enable the Bouncy Castle module on the server, by adding the <global-modules> element in the standalone.xml file:

<subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:ee:4.0">
    <!-- ... -->
        <module name="org.bouncycastle" slot="main"/>

Note that when Wildfly’s Bouncy Castle module is used, Bouncy Castle should not be present in the lib/ext folder of the Java runtime, otherwise the following error can occur: “key spec not recognised” due to clash of Bouncy Castle libraries.

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