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Quick Start - Unix
For complete installation documentation, see [ht]docs/manual/install.html or
$ ./configure --prefix=PREFIX
$ make
$ make install
$ PREFIX/bin/apachectl start
NOTES: * Replace PREFIX with the filesystem path under which
Apache should be installed. A typical installation
might use "/usr/local/apache2" for PREFIX (without the
* Consider if you want to use a previously installed APR and
APR-Util (such as those provided with many OSes) or if
you need to use the APR and APR-Util from the
httpd-2.5.x-deps.tar.gz tarball via ./configure's
--with-included-apr option. This is required if you don't
have the compiler which the system APR was built with. It
can also be advantageous if you are a developer who will be
linking your code with Apache or using a debugger to step
through server code, as it removes the possibility of
version or compile-option mismatches with APR and APR-util
* If you are a developer building Apache directly from
Subversion, you will need to run ./buildconf before running
configure. This script bootstraps the build environment and
requires Python as well as GNU autoconf and libtool. If you
build Apache from a release tarball, you don't have to run
* If you want to build a threaded MPM (for instance worker)
on FreeBSD, be aware that threads do not work well with
Apache on FreeBSD versions before 5.4-RELEASE. If you wish
to try a threaded Apache on an earlier version of FreeBSD,
use the --enable-threads parameter to ./configure in
addition to the --with-mpm parameter.
* If you are building directly from Subversion on Mac OS X
(Darwin), make sure to use GNU Libtool 1.4.2 or newer. All
recent versions of the developer tools on this platform
include a sufficiently recent version of GNU Libtool (named
glibtool, but buildconf knows where to find it).
For a short impression of what possibilities you have, here is a
typical example which configures Apache for the installation tree
/sw/pkg/apache with a particular compiler and flags plus the two
additional modules mod_rewrite and mod_speling for later loading
through the DSO mechanism:
$ CC="pgcc" CFLAGS="-O2" \
./configure --prefix=/sw/pkg/apache \
--enable-rewrite=shared \
The easiest way to find all of the configuration flags for Apache 2.5
is to run ./configure --help.
Quick Start - Windows
For complete documentation, see manual/platform/windows.html.en or
The Apache/Win32 binaries are distributed as Windows Installer packages
(.msi) named httpd-2.5.xx-win32-x86-no_ssl.msi for a version without mod_ssl
and httpd-2.5.xx-win32-x86-openssl-1.0.1x.msi for a version including the
mod_ssl plus the openssl library and command line utility. Additional 64 bit
binaries have similarly named -win64-x64 package names. These packages
may be unpacked without "installing" them by using the msiexec /a option.
If you have unpacked a source distribution (named,
without any -x86 or -x64 notation) you must compile the package yourself,
see the links mentioned above. Unless you intended to do this, please look
again for an .msi package in
and install that desired .msi package.
The .msi package configures the httpd.conf file, and installs and starts
the Apache2.x service for you. It also installs plenty of useful shortcuts
and the taskbar ApacheMonitor. We strongly encourage you to use it.
The Apache HTTP Server group cannot field user's installation questions.
There are many valuable forums to help you get started. Please refer your
questions to the appropriate forum, such as the Users Mailing List at or the usenet newsgroups
comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix or
Thanks for using the Apache HTTP Server, version 2.5.
The Apache Software Foundation
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