I’ve had my Macbook for a little over a year now. However, I just recently found out Leopard comes with apache (apache2 to be specific) already installed. To verify this is true, open up Terminal and type
>> apachectl -V Server version: Apache/2.2.9 (Unix) Server built: Sep 19 2008 10:58:54 Server's Module Magic Number: 20051115:15 Server loaded: APR 1.2.7, APR-Util 1.2.7 Compiled using: APR 1.2.7, APR-Util 1.2.7 Architecture: 64-bit Server MPM: Prefork threaded: no forked: yes (variable process count) Server compiled with.... -D APACHE_MPM_DIR="server/mpm/prefork" -D APR_HAS_SENDFILE -D APR_HAS_MMAP -D APR_HAVE_IPV6 (IPv4-mapped addresses enabled) -D APR_USE_FLOCK_SERIALIZE -D APR_USE_PTHREAD_SERIALIZE -D SINGLE_LISTEN_UNSERIALIZED_ACCEPT -D APR_HAS_OTHER_CHILD -D AP_HAVE_RELIABLE_PIPED_LOGS -D DYNAMIC_MODULE_LIMIT=128 -D HTTPD_ROOT="/usr" -D SUEXEC_BIN="/usr/bin/suexec" -D DEFAULT_PIDLOG="/private/var/run/httpd.pid" -D DEFAULT_SCOREBOARD="logs/apache_runtime_status" -D DEFAULT_LOCKFILE="/private/var/run/accept.lock" -D DEFAULT_ERRORLOG="logs/error_log" -D AP_TYPES_CONFIG_FILE="/private/etc/apache2/mime.types" -D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="/private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf"
To start up apache, you can do it a couple of ways.
sudo apachectl -k start
- Go to System Preferences
- Click on Sharing
- Check the box that says Web Sharing
You can go to http://localhost or the URL provided in the Web Sharing screen to confirm apache is running and is able to serve up requests.
There is also a
~/Sites directory in your home folder. Apache is already setup to serve up files from this directory under
http://localhost/~[username] where [username] is your user account name. Any files here will be render for example ~/Sites/index.html is accessible from the browser via http://localhost/~[username]/index.html.
One note to get this to work. Out of the box, all requests to /Sites result in a Forbidden 403 error. To resolve this issue, modify the conf file specified above as
/private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf in my case) from
<Directory /> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Order deny,allow Deny from all </Directory>
<Directory /> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Order deny,allow Allow from all </Directory>
Restart apache (sudo apachectl -k restart) and try going to