How to Start Apache from Command Line

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to start apache from command line. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to check whether the apache service is working or not. Furthermore, we will teach you how to work with apache in the command line, how to make changes to the httpd configuration file, etc.


Step 1 – type localhost

Follow this detailed step by step guide in order to learn how to start apache from command line.
First of all, open up the browser and in the address bar, type localhost before you hit the “enter” key. With that done, you will see “it works” being displayed on your screen. This means that the apache services are running.

Open localhost

Step 2 – Open Services.msc

Now move on to the services window by opening up the run command, typing in services.msc and hitting the enter key.

Open services through run

Step 3 – Stop apache service

With that done the services window will open up. Over there, let’s stop the Apache service for now.

Stopping the apache service

Step 4 – Check if apache is running

Now let’s go back to the browser and refresh the page. You will notice that this time, the localhost page doesn’t open up. This means that the apache server has stopped.

Check whether apache is active

Step 5 – Open command prompt

Now let’s open up the command prompt. With that done, let’s go to the bin directory in the apache folder.

Go to bin directory

Step 6 – Locate httpd.exe

Over there in the bin directory, you can see the httpd.exe file.

Find httpd.exe in bin

Step 7 – Resume service

If we type httpd and hit the enter key, you will see that the service starts but prompts an error in the process. The error is displayed because the domain name used is not a qualified one. None the less, the service has started.

Begin service

Step 8 – Open config file

Now let’s move to the configuration directory in the apache folder. Over there, let’s open the httpd.conf file in the notepad.

Open httpd configuration file

Step 9 – Make changes to config file

Over there, find the “localhost:80” text in the notepad and remove the hash from the beginning of that line. With that done, save the file and close the notepad.

Change the configuration file

Step 10 – Apache will start

Now let’s go back to the command prompt, type httpd once again and hit the enter key.
With that done, you will see that the apache has started in command line without prompting any error.

Apache will start without errors

Step 11 – Check if apache is working

In the browser, let’s refresh the page again and you will see this web page will open up. This means that you have successfully started the apache server from the command line.

Check whether apache service is enabled