Installing Apache on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6)

The Apache web server comes with the OS X is a bit out dated. So I decided to install a new one. After I tried installing it using mac port, it kept giving error.

Finally, I built the Apache from source, and it worked!

Grep Apache from here.

Download the file, where the link should look something like:

Unix Source: httpd-2.2.14.tar.gz

Run the following command in terminal:

tar -zxvf httpd-2.2.14.tar.gz

cd httpd-2.2.14



sudo make install

That’s it! Now, let’s test the webserver.

First, let’s disable the Apache that shipped with the OS X (Not the one you just install!). You can simply do it by going to:

System Preferences -> Sharing -> Web Sharing

Go back to Terminal. Make sure the default web server is not running:

sudo apachectl stop

Now, let’s verify the installations:

/usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl -v

You should see something like this:

Server version: Apache/2.2.14 (Unix)
Server built:   Oct 24 2009 20:53:45

Now, let’s start the web server:

sudo /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl start

Open your browsers and access to http://localhost/.
You should see something like:

It works!

Have fun!


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2 Replies to “Installing Apache on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6)”

  1. Valerio

    I followed the same procedure to compile and install the new version of Apache (2.2.14) under regular Mac OS X 10.6.1 (not the server). The procedure went well, but the old version of Apache (2.2.11) is still the version that is open when restarting the system, and I could not figure out how to set it up. I wonder why this is not done by Software Update. My web site is blocked by the network administrator because the outdated Apache version is vulnerable.


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