Installing Apache on Ubuntu 18.04

The Apache HTTP Server, colloquially called Apache, is a free and open-source cross-platform web server software. Apache is an extremely popular web service that operates a large portion of the websites on the internet. This article will walk you through the simple process of installing Apache, and opening your server’s firewall up to allow web traffic through.

Prerequisites:

• Linux based server running Ubuntu 18.04

Step-by-Step:

Before installing Apache, we’ll want to make sure our package management repositories are fully up to date. Run this command to get the latest package listings and update installed packages to their latest versions:

# sudo apt update

After updating, we’ll install Apache, set it to start on boot, and start the service:

# sudo apt install apache2
# sudo systemctl start apache2.service
# sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

You should now be able to navigate to the IP address of your server in a browser, and see the Apache test page to confirm you’ve configured the server correctly. This page also will display useful information for further configuring Apache to serve your own custom website or application.

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