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How To Install Apache on Manjaro

Install Apache on Manjaro

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache on Manjaro. In the vast realm of web hosting, Apache stands as a stalwart, serving millions of websites worldwide. If you’re a Manjaro Linux enthusiast, this guide is your roadmap to setting up an Apache web server, configuring a virtual host, managing your firewall, and fortifying your site with HTTPS using Certbot.

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 web server on a Manjaro Linux.


  • A server or desktop running one of the following operating systems: Manjaro, and other Arch-based distributions.
  • 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).
  • Ensure that your Manjaro system is connected to the internet. This is crucial as it allows you to download the required packages and the Apache installation.
  • 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 Manjaro

Step 1. Before diving into the Nmap installation, it’s crucial to make sure your Manjaro system is up to date. Open a terminal and execute the following commands:

sudo pacman -Syu
sudo pacman -S base-devel

Step 2. Installing Apache on Manjaro.

Now, let’s install Apache:

sudo pacman -S apache

You’ll be prompted to confirm the installation. Type ‘y‘ and press Enter.

After installation, verify that Apache is running:

sudo systemctl status httpd

You should see a message indicating that Apache is active and running. If not, start it with:

sudo systemctl start httpd

To ensure Apache starts automatically on system boot:

sudo systemctl enable httpd

Step 3. Creating a Virtual Host.

A virtual host allows you to host multiple websites on a single Apache server. Let’s create one:

First, create a directory for your website:

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/mywebsite

Set the permissions for your web directory:

sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/mywebsite

Now create a new virtual host configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

Add the following configuration for your virtual host, replacing ‘mywebsite’ and ‘’ with your site’s details:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "/var/www/mywebsite"

ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/mywebsite-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/mywebsite-access_log" common

Enable your virtual host:

sudo a2ensite mywebsite

Restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Step 4. Configuring the Firewall.

Manjaro uses the Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) to manage firewall rules. Install UFW if it’s not already installed:

sudo pacman -S ufw

Start and enable UFW:

sudo ufw enable

Allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic:

sudo ufw allow 80/tcp
sudo ufw allow 443/tcp

You can check the status of UFW and the allowed rules:

sudo ufw status

Step 5. Securing the Website with HTTPS using Certbot.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority that provides SSL/TLS certificates. Certbot is a user-friendly tool that automates the process of obtaining and renewing these certificates.

Install Certbot for Apache using Pacman:

sudo pacman -S certbot-apache

To obtain SSL certificates for your virtual host, run:

sudo certbot --apache

Certbot will guide you through the process, including selecting the domains you want to secure.

The beauty of Let’s Encrypt is its automatic certificate renewal. However, it’s a good idea to test the renewal process. You can do this with a dry run:

sudo certbot renew --dry-run

To verify your SSL configuration, use an SSL checker tool such as Qualys SSL Labs. Enter your website’s URL, and it will perform an analysis, providing you with valuable insights into your SSL setup.

Step 7. Testing the HTTPS Setup.

Open your web browser and navigate to ‘’ You should see a secure, green padlock icon in the address bar.

Step 8. Troubleshooting and Error Handling.

Common Apache Error Messages

  • 500 Internal Server Error: A generic error that can result from various issues, such as misconfigurations, server overload, or faulty scripts.
  • 403 Forbidden: This error occurs when the server denies access to a resource. Check file permissions and configuration.
  • 404 Not Found: The server couldn’t locate the requested resource. Verify file paths and configuration.
  • 502 Bad Gateway: Often seen when Apache acts as a proxy and can’t reach an upstream server. Check proxy settings and the health of the upstream server.

Diagnosing Apache Configuration Issues

Use the apachectl utility to test your configuration:

sudo apachectl configtest

This command checks for syntax errors and reports any issues with your Apache configuration.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache. Thanks for using this tutorial to install the latest version of the Apache web server on the Manjaro 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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