How Do I Install Apache Web Server on Linux?


Larry Thompson

Installing Apache Web Server on Linux is a straightforward process that allows you to host your own websites and applications. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step installation of Apache Web Server on a Linux system.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • A Linux operating system (such as Ubuntu, CentOS, or Debian)
  • Root access to your Linux system

Step 1: Update System Packages

First, let’s update the system packages to ensure we have the latest software versions.

To update the packages, open your terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt update

If prompted, enter your root password. This command will update the package lists for upgrades and new installations.

Step 2: Install Apache Web Server

Now that our system is up to date, let’s proceed with installing Apache Web Server.

To install Apache on Ubuntu or Debian-based systems, run the following command:

sudo apt install apache2

If you are using CentOS or RHEL-based systems, use this command instead:

sudo yum install httpd

Start and Enable Apache Service

Once the installation is complete, start the Apache service using the following command:

sudo systemctl start apache2   (for Ubuntu/Debian)
sudo systemctl start httpd     (for CentOS/RHEL)

To ensure Apache starts automatically on system boot, enable the service:

sudo systemctl enable apache2   (for Ubuntu/Debian)
sudo systemctl enable httpd     (for CentOS/RHEL)

Step 3: Configure Firewall

If you have a firewall enabled on your system, you need to allow incoming connections to Apache.

To allow incoming HTTP traffic, run the following command:

sudo ufw allow 'Apache'

If you are using a different firewall utility, make sure to open port 80 for Apache.

Step 4: Verify Apache Installation

To verify that Apache Web Server is installed and running correctly, open your web browser and enter your server’s IP address or domain name.

If everything is set up correctly, you should see the default Apache welcome page.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Web Server on Linux!

You can now start building and hosting your websites and applications using Apache. Remember to keep your server updated and secure by regularly installing updates and patches.

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