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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 need to use the bundled APR and APR-Util
via ./configure's --with-included-apr option, to use the
bundled source instead of a previously installed APR and
APR-Util (such as those provided with many OSes). This
is required if you don't have the compiler which the
system APR was built with. This can 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 code.
* 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 2.3
is to run ./configure --help.
Quick Start - Windows
For complete documentation, see [ht]docs/manual/platform/windows.html or
The Apache/Win32 binaries are primarily distributed as a Windows Installer
package (.msi), and may be available as a .zip file as well. These packages
are named apache-2.3.xx-win32-x86.msi and
Please choose the .msi package if at all possible. Note that Apache version
2.3 is a development version and binaries may not be available. Use a
released version from the stable 2.2 branch instead.
If you have unpacked a source distribution (named, without
any -win32-x86 notation) you must compile the package yourself, see the links
mentioned above. Unless you intended to do this, please look again for the
binary package from and
install that .msi (or .zip package, if you must.)
If you have unpacked this binary distribution from the .zip package, you
_must_ edit the conf/httpd.conf file (with notepad or another text editor)
to reflect the correct ServerName, Domain, and directory paths. Search for
the text "@@" to discover what you must edit. To install and start the
service after you have corrected the httpd.conf file, use the command
bin\httpd.exe -k install
bin\httpd.exe -k start
The .msi package configures the httpd.conf file, and installs and starts
the Apache2 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 2.3.
The Apache Software Foundation
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