Set up local apache server on MacOS Mojave
Mac OS X guide
Wed 26 September, 2018
Host a website locally using the built-in server on your Mac
All Macs have a built-in Apache HTTP server which you can set up and utilise in a few minutes with zero experience.
You might use an Apache Server to create a website and host it locally on your Mac. This could be something like a custom homepage for your browser (which I use myself) or a playground to start learning website development.
1. Open “Terminal” Application, found in /Applications/Utilities and type the following command:
sudo apachectl start
and press Enter ↵
2. Go to your browser, type localhost in the address bar, and press Enter ↵.
When the localhost page is loaded you should see “It works!” in your browser.
How to Edit the Hosts File on Mac OS X
Create a new folder where you can store multiple sites hosted on your local server.
We will change the “DocumentRoot” setting in the file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf, and restart Apache.
1. To find the hosts file, open Finder and, in Finder’s menu bar, select Go > Go to Folder… In the box, type the following location and press Return.
(⇧⌘G) Go to Folder… shortcut
2. Enter the following and Go:
3. Double click and open the “httpd.conf“ file
DocumentRoot “/Library/WebServer/Documents" <Directory “/Library/WebServer/Documents">
5. Change it to
DocumentRoot “/Users/Lunar/Sites" <Directory “/Users/Lunar/Sites">
Where “Lunar” is your username.
6. Restart the Apache server in Terminal by running the following command:
sudo apachectl restart
7. Now you can access a site in the new “Sites” folder using a browser by adding the file name after a forward slash e.g “localhost/mywebsite“ in the URL.
That’s pretty cool, right?
Try this yourself and start a new hobby or project!
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