This howto covers how to start up Jetty as standalone, and links to pages which cover alternative methods of startup.
Using the Start.jar
The easiest way to start Jetty, is to use the start.jar that comes with the distribution.
java -jar start.jar
To see the command line options for start.jar and help text for start.jar use:
$ java -jar start.jar --help
For a full description of start.jar features see Jetty Start.jar Feature Guide.
Alternative Startup Techniques
Jetty can be configured and started as an embedded webapp server from within another Java program. See Embedding Jetty Tutoral for more details. Once you have a main that runs Jetty, it is very easy to run this from your IDE, debugger and/or profiler.
Eclipse can be started up from within Eclipse using a variety of techniques; see How to Use Jetty with Eclipse IDE for details.