How to access your Apache server configuration file

To find the httpd.conf or apache2.conf files on an Apache server using SSH, you can follow these steps:

  1. Connect to your server via SSH using an SSH client like PuTTY (Windows) or Terminal (Mac/Linux). Use the following command:
ssh username@your_server_ip

Replace username with your server’s username and your_server_ip with the IP address or hostname of your server.

Once you’re logged in, you can navigate to the Apache configuration directory. Depending on your server’s operating system and Apache version, the location may vary. Here are some common locations:
CentOS/RHEL: /etc/httpd/
Ubuntu/Debian: /etc/apache2/
You can use the cd command to change to the appropriate directory. For example:

cd /etc/apache2/

Now, you can list the files in the directory using the ls command. Look for files with names like httpd.conf or apache2.conf. Use the ls command as follows:

ls -l

This will display a list of files and directories in the current directory, including the Apache configuration files.

Once you identify the configuration file, you can open it for editing using a text editor like vi or nano. For example, to open the apache2.conf file with nano, use the following command:

nano apache2.conf

nano apache2.conf