change port number in apache

How To Change Port Number in Apache in Ubuntu

Sometimes, you may need to run Apache on a different port because you need to run reverse proxy on port 80. Here’s how to change port number in Apache in Ubuntu. You can also use these steps to change Apache port number in Windows, CentOS and other Linux systems.

 

How To Change Port Number in Apache in Ubuntu

Here are the steps to change port number in Apache in Ubuntu from 80 to 8080.

 

1. Open Apache Config File

Open terminal and run the following command to open Apache server configuration file.

CentOS/Fedora:

$ sudo vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Ubuntu/Debian:

$ sudo vi /etc/apache2/ports.conf

 

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2. Change Apache Port Number

You will find the following line binding Apache to port 80

Listen 80

Change it to

Listen 8080

 

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3. Open Virtual Host Configuration (for Ubuntu/Debian)

When you change port number in Apache on Ubuntu/Debian systems, you need to also change port number in virtual host configuration file

If you have configured virtual host for your website (e.g www.mysite.com) at /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/mysite.conf then you can open that file instead.

$ sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/mysite.conf

Otherwise, open the default virtual host configuration file at

$ sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

You will find the following line

<VirtualHost: *:80>

Change it to

<VirtualHost: *:8080>

In redhat/fedora/centos systems, Apache automatically applies the changes to default virtual host file. If you have setup your own virtual host, then you will have to update port number in it, as described above.

 

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4. Restart Apache Server

Restart Apache Server to apply changes

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2 #SystemD
$ sudo service apache2 restart #SysVInit

Open browser and enter http://your_ip_adress:8080 (e.g http:192.168.1.102:8080). You will see the Apache default page

Apache Default Page on Debian Ubuntu

 

That’s it! Now Apache will run on a different port, 8080.

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