So I decided to install Apache. Thinking it was an easy task... but no sir, it was equally time consuming. I just don't understand why. After much tinkering, finally got it to run.
No, I refuse to use those all-in-one installers. No WAMP, XAMPP and etc for me.
Before you begin, this is a good site to refer to http://wamp.corephp.co.uk/index.php.
Who those who might be in the same predicament, here is the steps that I took:-
Step 1: Download PHP and Apache
- Download PHP from http://www.php.net/downloads.php. I first installed the MSI version, but then it caused more problem than good. I download the zip package instead.
- Once that is done, download Apache from http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi. This one I choose the MSI version.
Step 2: Install
- Unzip the PHP zip file. You can store is anywhere, but the usual practise is C:\php. But its up to you.
- Once done, now run Apache setup file. For installation steps - http://wamp.corephp.co.uk/step_07.php
- For Apache, you can run it as service using port 80 or via console using port 8080. Its up to you. I am using console since I still need the stupid IIS to run .Net.
Step 3: Configure
- Now, go open the C:\php folder. Rename the file php.ini-recommended to php.ini. Open the file. Look for the value "doc_root". After the "=" sign, type this "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs". This will tell PHP to look for the web files at the mentioned folder. You can always change the path.
- Now save the file. You can do the other tweaking later on.
- Open your Windows Explorer to "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\default".
- Rename the file httpd-win.conf to httpd.conf. Open the file in notepad or any editor of your choice.
- Now comes the part that caused me the most headache. Telling Apache to parse PHP.
- Look for within .conf file for DSO. Under it there will be a bunch LoadModule statements. Just on top of the first statement, type this
- # PHP5LoadModule php5_module "c:/php/php5apache2_2.dll"PHPIniDir "C:/php"AddType application/x-httpd-php .phpAddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
- Next look for the value DocumentRoot. Make sure it looks like this - DocumentRoot "C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/htdocs"
- Now save the file and copy the file out to "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf" folder level.
- Almost there... now depending on your Apache setup earlier, try this http://localhost/ or http://localhost:8080/. You should be welcomed with "It Works!" message.
- Make sure Apache is running. If your running console, use the CMD command and "cd" to "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\bin" and type httpd. Don't close the windows, its your web server running!
- Now the acid test. Create a php file with the following syntax
<?phpSave it as phpinfo.php in C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs.
- Now run again http://localhost/phpinfo.php or http://localhost:8080/phpinfo.php.
- You should be able to see all the PHP config information.
- If you don't, then probably there is some PHP or Apache config error. Good luck!