How to Install Apache on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Apache on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install Apache on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The Apache (also known as the “HTTPD”) web server is one of the most popular web servers for serving dynamic and static web pages. It is free and open-source software released under Apache License 2.0.

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 through the step by step installation Apache on a Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server.

Install Apache on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Apache web server on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install Apache 2 package from the Ubuntu repository:

sudo apt install apache2

After installing the package above, you can check Apache status by running the commands below:

sudo systemctl status apache2

To learn how to stop,start, restart Apache services, the commands below will be helpful:

sudo systemctl stop apache2
sudo systemctl start apache2
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 3. Configure the Firewall.

It is highly recommended that you configure a firewall for added security. Now you can set up Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) with Apache to allow public access on default web ports for HTTP and HTTPS:

sudo ufw allow OpenSSH
sudo ufw allow in "Apache Full"
sudo ufw enable

Step 4. Accessing Apache Web Server.

Now that the Apache service is up and running, you should be able to view the test Apache web page through your web browser.

http://your_server_ip

Install Apache on Ubuntu 20.04

You can find this Apache default welcome page in the folder /var/www/html. To edit this file:

sudo nano /var/www/html/index.html

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Apache. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache web server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache website.

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