Tutorial Installing Apache HTTP Server on WIN32


ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ɹǝdns
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Installing Apache Web Server on a WIN32 System
Written by DDRtists for TheHelper.net

Software Site: http://httpd.apache.org/

What is Apache?
Apache is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, webserver software. It is free from http://apache.org.

First off, this tutorial is for a Win32 system only, Linux and other OS systems are a bit harder to install on.

Step 1 - Downloading:

First off, we need to download the software package from http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi. At the time of writing this, the current version is "2.2.4". The package you'll want to snag is "Win32 Binary (MSI Installer)". Pick a mirror, and download it.

Step 2 - Installing:

Once downloaded, run the MSI file that you've just downloaded, you should see something like:

Click "Next >", and agree to the Terms of Service thing, and also hit "Next >" on the page that comes after the ToS. That page is just about what Apache is, and what it can do.

Now you will be on a page such as this:

This is your first configuration page.

Network Domain: Name of the site you want to host ( It doesn't have to be only for that site )
Server Name: ( Name of the server )
Administrator's Email Address: ( Your email Address )
Install Apache For:
Choose Port 80* if you want it for a public server.
Choose Port 8080* if you are using it for a private test server.

After choosing the options here, hit "Next >" and choose "Typical" as the install type, and then hit "Next >" and choose where to install to.

I will be installing to "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\".
You will then see this screen:

Click "Install".

After it finishes, hopefully you see this:

If not, post here and I'll try to help.

If you do see that, congratulations. You now have apache installed on your computer. :)
Goto http://localhost to test

*You will need to forward the port, if you want other people to be able to connect if you are behind a router. You will also need to allow it if you have a firewall.


aye, it's pretty easy to install apache, but for the people that have never worked with it, I hope this helps. :)


I can compliment with a PHP or MySQL guide, did you intend to write that?


Your Friendly Neighborhood Admin
If you need it all, preferably the "for dummies" version, try something like Wamp5.
Installs Apache, PHP and MySQL in one go.

> Linux ... a bit harder to install on.

That's debatable :p


Staff member
You can use WAMP, but I prefer XAMPP I'm using that at the moment.


ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ɹǝdns
Staff member
XAMMP is also full of bugs, and is not really safe for public servers.

It's more of a local test setup.



The step by step install wizard is made to be idiot-proof... I don't think anyone needs a guide for that part.

However, troubleshooting setting up the service, setting up your site within apache (htdocs), editing the httpd.conf file... those would be very helpful!



New Member
Most things are for abyss x2 too - it also costs money.
Which I never paid :p

Only problem I fins with Abyss though, is that after making a cookie, you see this page with "Object Moved".. Can't seem to get rid of it..

Got any ideas? Or do I have to run my scripts on my domain instead of server?


New Member
Dude, even if I'm from another community regarding webservers, Abyss is well known. Maybe you haven't heard of it, but it is well known.


New Member
I'm just saying that just because he has never heard of it, it can still be common! I never said it was good, even if I do think it is.


Non ex transverso sed deorsum
I'm just saying that just because he has never heard of it, it can still be common! I never said it was good, even if I do think it is.
You didn't provide anything that undermines your opinion, nor did you answer any of the questions I raised.

To get this thread back on topic:

The Windows folks can consider using a fancy GUI for configuring their server. Here some links to (commercial) software, which promise to simply the administration tasks (at least for the core modules):
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