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Version 1.3 (and up)
What is it?
Apache is an HTTP server, originally designed for Unix systems. This
is the version of Apache for Microsoft Windows 2000, NT, 98, and 95
systems. Like the Unix version, it includes many frequently
requested new features, and has an API that allows it to be extended
to meet users' needs more easily. It also allows limited support for
ISAPI extensions.
The Latest Version
Details of the latest version can be found on the Apache HTTP
server project page under
The documentation available as of the date of this release is
also included, in HTML format, in the htdocs/manual/ directory.
For the most up-to-date documentation can be found on For Windows specific information, see
Apache should never be used as a production server under any
consumer operating system such as Windows 95, 98, or ME (Millennium
Edition). Only Windows NT 4.0 or 2000 should be considered, and only
with appropriate NTFS file system and user security administration.
Apache runs on these consumer Windows environments only to
provide test, development or trusted intranet server platforms.
Apache on Win32 should be considered initial-release quality code.
It has not been subjected to the same stresses on its stability and
security that the Unix releases have enjoyed, so there is a greater
possibility of undiscovered vulnerabilities to stability or security
of the Win32 port.
Apache performs best, and is still most reliable on Unix platforms.
Over time the performance, reliability and security for the Apache
Win32 port has improved, and continues to improve. Folks doing
comparative reviews of webserver performance are still asked to
compare against Apache running on a Unix platform such as
Solaris, FreeBSD, or Linux.
The Win32 code for Apache 2.0 has been entirely revised and large
segments have been rewritten from scratch. Once the Apache 2.0
server is released, we strongly encourage all Win32 users to move to
that platform for increased stability and security.
See the for details of how
to install, configure and run Apache. These documents are also
accessable from the "Documentation" program group listed within the
"Apache Web Server" Start Menu programs group created by the full
Apache Win32 program installer.
Known Problems
To get information about the current set of known problems, see the
online bug reporting database at
Bugs which affect Apache on Windows and not Apache on Unix can be
found under the category "os-windows".
Do not report configuration problems to this database. Please first
research the problem you are experiencing on the newsgroup and search the bugs
database before posting a bug report.
Please see the file called LICENSE.
We wish to acknowledge the following copyrighted works that
make up portions of the Apache software:
Portions of this software were developed at the National Center
for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This software contains code derived from the RSA Data Security
Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm, including various
modifications by Spyglass Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, and
Bell Communications Research, Inc (Bellcore).
This package contains software written and copyrighted by Henry
Spencer. Please see the file called src/regex/COPYRIGHT.
The NT port was started with code provided to the Apache Group
by Ambarish Malpani of ValiCert, Inc. (
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