Verify Apache Web Server "httpd"

Provides a tutorial example on how to manage Apache Web Server 'httpd' on CentOS 8 systems, and how to publish HTML documents and PHP scripts..

The Apache Web server, httpd, is included as part of the CentOS 8 system by default. You don't need to install it yourself. But you need to follow this tutorial to learn how to manage it.

1. Check Apache Web server, httpd, package status. I see "httpd 2.4" installed.

herong$ dnf info httpd

Installed Packages
Name         : httpd
Version      : 2.4.37
Release      : 16.module_el8.1.0+256+ae790463
Architecture : x86_64
Size         : 5.4 M
Source       : httpd-2.4.37-16.module_el8.1.0+256+ae790463.src.rpm
Repository   : @System
From repo    : AppStream
Summary      : Apache HTTP Server
URL          :
License      : ASL 2.0
Description  : The Apache HTTP Server is a powerful, efficient, and
             : extensible web server.

2. Check Apache Web server, httpd, running status:

herong$ sudo systemctl status httpd

- httpd.service - The Apache HTTP Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; disabled; ...
  Drop-In: /usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2020-03-28 22:06:40 EDT; 3min ...
     Docs: man:httpd.service(8)
 Main PID: 19007 (httpd)
   Status: "Total requests: 8; Idle/Busy workers 100/0;Requests/sec: ...
    Tasks: 213 (limit: 26213)
   Memory: 44.2M
   CGroup: /system.slice/httpd.service

3. Check default Web page from the Web server:

herong$ curl http://localhost

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<html lang="en">

3. Check Web server access log:

herong$ sudo tail /var/log/httpd/access_log

... "GET / HTTP/1.1" 403 4006 "-" "curl/7.61.1"
... "GET / HTTP/1.1" 403 4288 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; ...
... "GET /noindex/common/css/bootstrap.min.css HTTP/1.1" 200 99548 ...
... "GET /noindex/common/css/styles.css HTTP/1.1" 200 71634 ...
... "GET /noindex/common/images/pb-centos.png HTTP/1.1" 200 13122 ...
... "GET /noindex/common/images/pb-apache.png HTTP/1.1" 200 103267 ...
... "GET /noindex/common/images/centos-header.png HTTP/1.1" 200 28888 ...

4. Publish an HTML document:

herong$ ls -l /var/www/html/test.html
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 50 Mar 26 22:21 /var/www/html/test.html

herong$ cat /var/www/html/test.html
<p>Hello world!</p>

herong$ curl http://localhost/test.html
<p>Hello world!</p>

Cool. I am able to publish HTML documents to the Apache Web server, "httpd". Here are some additional information about "httpd":

All Apache configuration files are located in the /etc/httpd directory.

The main Apache configuration file is /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.

Configuration files ending with .conf located in the /etc/httpd/conf.d
directory are included in main Apache configuration file.

Configuration files that are responsible for loading various Apache
modules are located in the /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d directory.

Apache vhost files must end with .conf and be stored in /etc/httpd/conf.d
directory. You can have as many vhosts as you need. Creating a separate
configuration file (vhost) for each domain makes the server
easier to maintain.

Apache log files (access_log and error_log) are located in the
/var/log/httpd/ directory.

You can set your domain document root directory to any location you want.
The most common locations for webroot include:

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Linux Systems

 Cockpit - Web Portal for Administrator

 Process Management

 Files and Directories

 Users and Groups

 File Systems

 Installing CentOS

 SELinux - Security-Enhanced Linux

 Network Connection on CentOS

 Software Package Manager on CentOS - DNF and YUM

Running Apache Web Server (httpd) on Linux Systems

Verify Apache Web Server "httpd"

 Running PHP Scripts on Linux Systems

 Running MySQL Database Server on Linux Systems

 Running Python Scripts on Linux Systems

 vsftpd - Very Secure FTP Daemon

 Postfix - Mail Transport Agent (MTA)

 Dovecot - IMAP and POP3 Server

 Email Client Tools - Mail User Agents (MUA)

 GCC - C/C++ Compiler

 Conda - Environment and Package Manager

 Tools and Utilities


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