How To Install Apache on AlmaLinux 8

Install Apache on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache is one of the most popular and widely used web servers in the world, powering millions of websites and web applications. As an open-source software, Apache offers a reliable, secure, and flexible platform for hosting websites.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Apache webserver on an AlmaLinux 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: AlmaLinux 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Apache on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. It’s always a good practice to keep your system up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. To update AlmaLinux 8 packages, run the following command:

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

This command will update all installed packages on your system without prompting for confirmation.

Step 2. Installing Apache on AlmaLinux 8.

Now we run the following command to install the Apache webserver:

sudo dnf install httpd

After the installation is complete, you can verify the Apache version by running:

httpd -v

When that installation completes, start and enable the web server with the commands:

sudo systemctl enable httpd
sudo systemctl start httpd
sudo systemctl status httpd

You can test to make sure everything is working correctly by navigating to http://your-ip-address your system. You should be greeted by the default Apache page, as seen below:

Install Apache on AlmaLinux 8

With Apache up and running, we’re ready to configure our website. The default directory for our website’s files is /var/www/html.

Step 3. Configure Firewall.

If you also plan to configure Apache to serve content over HTTPS, you will also want to open up port 443 by enabling the HTTPS service:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http 
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=https 
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 4. Securing Apache with Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS.

To secure your website with SSL/TLS encryption, you can use Let’s Encrypt, a free, automated, and open-source Certificate Authority. Follow these steps to obtain and configure SSL/TLS certificates for your Apache virtual host:

sudo dnf install certbot python3-certbot-apache

Obtain SSL/TLS certificates for your virtual host:

sudo certbot --apache -d -d

Follow the prompts to provide your email address and agree to the terms of service.

Verify that your website is accessible over HTTPS by accessing in a web browser.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Apache webserver on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Apache website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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