The Apache HTTP Server is a free and open-source web server that delivers our content through the internet using the web service. It supports maximum all the operating systems like UNIX, Windows, Linux, etc. Now it is becoming the most popular HTTP client on the web.
Now the latest version of Apache is Apache HTTP Server version 2.4.43. In this tutorial, we will go through the steps of installing Apache on Kali Linux.
Before starting this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges.
Install Apache on Kali Linux
Apache is available in the default Kali Linux repositories and the installation is pretty straightforward. First, update the Kali and afterward install the apache2 package with the following commands:
Update Kali Linux
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade -y
sudo apt install apache2 -y
That’s it, Apache is installed in your Kali Linux and now you have to start the service using this command:
sudo service apache2 start
Now you can check the status of the Apache service using this command:
sudo service apache2 status
Verifying Apache Installation
To verify that apache server working correctly in Kali Linux, open your browser, type your server IP address or domain name http://YOUR_IP_OR_DOMAIN/ and you will see the default Apache welcome page as shown below:
Manage the Apache service
Now the Apache server is installed on your system. How to manage the basic apache services, you have to know basic commands:
Stop the Apache service
sudo service apache2 stop
To start the Apache service
sudo service apache2 start
Restart the Apache service
sudo service apache2 restart
Reload the Apache service
Reload the Apache with a new configuration with:
sudo service apache2 reload
Start Apache service at boot
If you want to enable the Apache service to start at boot:
sudo systemctl enable apache2
Stop Apache service at boot
If you want to disable the Apache service to start at boot:
sudo systemctl disable apache2
You have successfully install the apache server on your Kali Linux. Now you can host your applications or website and use apache server a proxy server.
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