How to automatically start Apache on macOS boot
Apache is installed by default on macOS, but it's not configured to start during system boot automatically. For this, you'll have to manually start the httpd process every time you want to use it.
[email protected] $ sudo apachectl -k start Password: AH00112: Warning: DocumentRoot [/usr/docs/dummy-host.example.com] does not exist AH00112: Warning: DocumentRoot [/usr/docs/dummy-host2.example.com] does not exist
It's a good default setting as most macOS users will not need a web server running all the time in the background. Still, if you're a web developer, for example, you might want Apache to start automatically whenever macOS boots up.
Steps to automatically start Apache during macOS startup:
Launch Terminal application.
Check if current Apache configuration is valid.
Related: How to check Apache configuration
Use launchctl to automatically load Apache's startup script during system boot.
$ sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist Password:
Start httpd process manually to use Apache immediately.
$ sudo apachectl -k start
Check if httpd process successfully run.
ps -aef | grep httpd 0 161 1 0 Sun04AM ?? 0:04.05 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND 501 800 161 0 Sun04AM ?? 0:02.54 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND 501 1007 161 0 Sun04AM ?? 0:02.62 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND 501 1381 161 0 Sun07AM ?? 0:01.71 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND 501 4472 161 0 Tue07AM ?? 0:01.74 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND 501 4473 161 0 Tue07AM ?? 0:01.17 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND 501 4474 161 0 Tue07AM ?? 0:01.06 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
Disable Apache from automatically starting up during system boot when no longer necessary.
$ sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist