Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4.12 on Windows

This section describes how to install Apache 2.4.12 binary distribution on Windows systems.

After downloaded Apache HTTP Server 2.4.12, I continued to install it on my Windows system:

1. Unzip Move and rename sub folder .\Apache24 to be C:\local\apache.

2. Try to start the Apache server in a command window. I got the following error:


httpd: Syntax error on line 37 of C:/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf: 
   ServerRoot must be a valid directory

3. To fix this error, open and edit the following line in C:\local\apache\conf\httpd.conf:

#ServerRoot "c:/Apache24" # original setting
ServerRoot "c:/local/apache"

4. Terminate the httpd process in Task Manager and start the Apache server again. I got another error:


AH00526: Syntax error on line 242 of C:/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf:
DocumentRoot must be a directory

5. Open and edit C:\local\apache\conf\httpd.conf again to fix the DocumentRoot configuration:

#DocumentRoot "c:/Apache24/htdocs"
DocumentRoot "c:/local/apache/htdocs"
#<Directory "c:/Apache24/htdocs">
<Directory "c:/local/apache/htdocs">

6. Terminate the httpd process and start the Apache server again. No errors reported this time.

7. Open a Web browser with http://localhost. You should see the Apache server default home page saying: "It works!".

Congratulations, the Apache Server is up and running now as a Web server serving HTTP requests at the default port 80. See the next tutorial on how to serve HTML static documents on Apache server.

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction and Installation of PHP 7.0

 PHP Script File Syntax

 PHP Data Types and Data Literals

 Variables, References, and Constants

 Expressions, Operations and Type Conversions

 Conditional Statements - "if" and "switch"

 Loop Statements - "while", "for", and "do ... while"

 Function Declaration, Arguments, and Return Values

 Arrays - Ordered Maps

 Configuring and Sending out Emails

 Retrieving Information from HTTP Requests

 Creating and Managing Sessions in PHP Scripts

 Sending and Receiving Cookies in PHP Scripts

 Controlling HTTP Response Header Lines in PHP Scripts

 MySQL Server Connection and Access Functions

 Functions to Manage Directories, Files and Images

 SOAP Extension Function and Calling Web Services

 SOAP Server Functions and Examples

 Localization Overview of Web Applications

 Using Non-ASCII Characters in HTML Documents

 Using Non-ASCII Characters as PHP Script String Literals

 Receiving Non-ASCII Characters from Input Forms

 "mbstring" Extension and Non-ASCII Encoding Management

 Managing Non-ASCII Character Strings with MySQL Servers

 Introduction of Class and Object

Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 Downloading Apache HTTP Server 2.4.12 for Windows

Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4.12 on Windows

 Publishing HTML Documents as Web Pages

 Starting and Stopping Apache Server

 Configuring Apache for PHP CGI Scripts

 Publishing PHP Scripts as Web Pages

 Configuring Apache PHP Load Module

 Outdated Tutorials


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