APACHECTL(8)apachectlAPACHECTL(8)NAMEapachectl - Apache HTTP Server Control Interface
When acting in pass-through mode, apachectl can take all the arguments
available for the httpd binary.
apachectl [ httpd-argument ]
When acting in SysV init mode, apachectl takes simple, one-word com‐
mands, defined below.
SUMMARYapachectl is a front end to the Apache HyperText Transfer Protocol
(HTTP) server. It is designed to help the administrator control the
functioning of the Apache httpd daemon.
The apachectl script can operate in two modes. First, it can act as a
simple front-end to the httpd command that simply sets any necessary
environment variables and then invokes httpd, passing through any com‐
mand line arguments. Second, apachectl can act as a SysV init script,
taking simple one-word arguments like start, restart, and stop, and
translating them into appropriate signals to httpd.
If your Apache installation uses non-standard paths, you will need to
edit the apachectl script to set the appropriate paths to the httpd
binary. You can also specify any necessary httpd command line argu‐
ments. See the comments in the script for details.
The apachectl script returns a 0 exit value on success, and >0 if an
error occurs. For more details, view the comments in the script.
Only the SysV init-style options are defined here. Other arguments are
defined on the httpd manual page.
start Loads the org.apache.httpd launchd job.
Unloads the org.apache.httpd launchd job.
Unloads, then loads the org.apache.httpd launchd job.
Displays a full status report from mod_status. For this to work,
you need to have mod_status enabled on your server and a text-
based browser such as lynx available on your system. The URL
used to access the status report can be set by editing the STA‐
TUSURL variable in the script.
status Displays a brief status report. Similar to the fullstatus
option, except that the list of requests currently being served
Run a configuration file syntax test. It parses the configura‐
tion files and either reports Syntax Ok or detailed information
about the particular syntax error. This is equivalent to
The following option was available in earlier versions but has been
To start httpd with SSL support, you should edit your configura‐
tion file to include the relevant directives and then use the
normal apachectl start.
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