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用 apache 搭建本地网站

1 Preface

搭建本地 server 是 GNU 进阶用户的必备技能,当你支持本地 HTML 文件使用 / 之后,很多事就方便许多了。比如 Gitbook 的搜索功能 1,克隆大牛的网站 2

下面是我记的笔记,详细描述请参考 Digital Ocean 的 这篇文章

2 Quick example

  1. install software

    sudo apt -y install apache2
  2. .conf file

    sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/test.conf 

    part of /etc/apache2/sites-available/test.conf

    <VirtualHost *:81>
        DocumentRoot /path/to/test
        <Directory /path/to/test>
            Require local granted

    local means denying access from LAN 3, refer to

  3. listen port

    add Listen 81 in /etc/apache2/ports.conf

  4. enable website

    sudo a2ensite test.conf
    sudo a2dissite 000-default.conf
    sudo systemctl restart apache2

Now you can access your website at http://localhost:81.

3 Alias

You can mount arbitary directory into your apache server using Alias:

<VirtualHost *:1024>
    DocumentRoot /path1/to/mysite

    Alias "/examples"    "/path2/to/myproject/demos"

Then localhost:1024/examples would retrieve the file /path2/to/myproject/demos/index.html.

4 Solve 403 permission issue

In /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

<Directory />
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Require all denied

<Directory /usr/share>
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted

<Directory /var/www/>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted

If you website directory (such as /path/to/test) isn’t contained in /var/www/ or /usr/share, the first block would take effect. That means Require all denied will cause an annoying 403 error.

The solution is to manually set:

<Directory /path/to/test>
    Require all granted

5 Afterword

Except for a2ensite, you can also use sudo vim /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/ to view and manage enabled *.conf files 4.

2018-04-29: When applying to docker, it wasted me another a hour or two. I finally realized that from container’s view, localhost:1025 on my Chrome is actually remote. Thanks SO again, Listen is really a ingenious idea. Inspired by it, I came up with -p The best thing is that I no longer have to toggle the daunting apache configuration.

  1. 后来我发现还是 Google site search 好用,支持模糊搜索,不然你就非得把完整的单词、甚至多个单词及其相对顺序背下来↩︎

  2. 参见我昨天发布的 rget↩︎

  3. 之前用的是 Require all granted,有一天突然发现手机可以访问电脑上的本地网站,当时真是既兴奋又担心啊。后来才发现只有同在校园网才能访问,直接从公网是不行的,然而为了安全还是改成仅限本地电脑了。↩︎

  4. 现在想起来,好像是我无意间发掘了 vim 的编辑 文件夹 功能,当时还以为是 apache 的一个特殊文件。↩︎