nosille nosille - 1 year ago 292
Apache Configuration Question

How To Set Up Apache Virtual Hosts on XAMPP (Windows)

Where does this tag go?

Where do I find the vhosts file?

I couldn't find it in the documentation.

<VirtualHost hostname:80>
SetEnv NS_ENV variable_value

Answer Source

Full guideline to make VHOST (Virtual Host) on XAMPP/WAMP

The only different between XAMPP and WAMP is you need to locate the equivalent folders in WAMP instead.

Introduction: vhost (virtual host) is a great solution if you intend to develop many independent project in php and keep them isolated from each others, like:

Project 1 is php has local url address project1.localhost
Project 2 is a Laravel project with url project2.localhost
Project 3 is a Codeigniter with url project3.locathost

You are expected to have installed the latest version of XAMPP/WAMP. Btw, in XAMPP I have only selected Apache and MySQL installation.

*Note: By default, most web servers will use port 80 as default port, in some situation if you have another web server like (IIS) that uses port 80 OR in other cases SKYPE does also some times use port 80 like it is the case for some in Windows 10, in that case you can do two thing's

  • Change your XAMPP/WAMP port to port 8080, 81 or some other free ports (8080 can some times also give some problems)
  • OR Change your others software/IIS port and keep XAMPP to default port 80 in case of Skype just quit Skype and start it after you finish the installation it will automatically get new port.

I have chosen to change my XAMPP/WAMP to port 8080.

Note: For next section, we need to use text editor like notepad or regular IDE. I used sublime text editor.

Change XAMPP/WAMP port (only if necessary) if left default, then jump to Setting virtual host

Step 1. Edit httpd.conf

Click on Config -> Apache (httpd.conf) Or you find the file here C:\XAMPP\apache\conf\httpd.conf, C:\XAMPP\apache2\conf\httpd.conf, C:\Bitnami\wampstack\apache\conf\httpd.conf or C:\Bitnami\wampstack\apache2\conf\httpd.conf or similar location.

Change the line with

Listen 80

To 8080 or other, free ports.

Listen 8080

While we have httpd.conf file open we need to ensure that httpd-vhosts.conf is included:

Virtual hosts

Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

By default server documents are locate on C:\XAMPP\htdocs or C:\Bitnami\wampstack\apache2\htdocs that’s fine if you have only one project or many small test files.

However, if you need to develop many projects then it suggested separating them by virtual host.

Step 2. Setting Virtual host

Informative notes before you start:

  • If port is remain default 80 then the URL address will be localhost
  • If port is remain default 80 then the the VirtualHost tag should be changed to <VirtualHost *:80>
  • If port is changed to 8080, the URL address will be localhost:8080
  • And the vhost URL address could look like this project1.localhost:8080 etc
  • You can add unlimited projects and virtual host like this way.

1- Create a folder for your projects; I have create one in c:\vhost you can call it projects etc.

2- In c:\vhost folder we create a sub-folder domain1 or project1 or any other, it is up to you (c:\vhost\project1)

3- Open httpd-vhosts.conf file C:\XAMPP\apache\conf\extra\httpd-vhosts.conf Add following code in line depending on how many vhost you want to create:

<Directory C:/vhost>
    AllowOverride All
    Require all granted

#this is the default address of XAMPP    
<VirtualHost *:8080>
    DocumentRoot "C:/XAMPP/htdocs/"
    ServerName localhost

#this is the first vhost address in XAMPP
<VirtualHost *:8080>
    DocumentRoot "C:/vhost/project1/"
    ServerName project1.localhost
    SetEnv NS_ENV variable_value

#this is the second vhost address in XAMPP for project like Laravel
<VirtualHost *:8080>
    DocumentRoot "C:/vhost/Laravel-Blog/public"
    ServerName laravel.localhost


Note: If you work on Laravel projects you can create unlimited Laravel projects as well as other frameworks like Yii, the point is to have your Laravel project/s on c:\vhost\laravel1, c:\vhost\laravel2 etc and make c:\vhost\laravel1\public as DocumentRoot etc as showed before. Each Laravel project will have own VirtualHost URL.

Save and close the file

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Step 3. Edit Windows Host file

1- Stop Apache and MySQL services from XAMPP/WAMP.

2- Open hosts file in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc you need Administrator privilege to edit the file. I suggest to edit the file directly with Sublime text editor.

3- Add project1.localhost at the end of the file, Save and close the file.       localhost       project1.localhost       project2.localhost       laravel.localhost

save the file

Final Step. Start/Re-start your Apache and MySQL again.

Note: You might need to delete your cache in your browser and also it is good to disable php cache under development process.

Open file php.ini under php folder in your XAMPP or WAMP folder and change opcache.enable to 0

; Determines if Zend OPCache is enabled

Addition (Alternative solution)

It is possible to deploy temporary Virtual Server with out necessarily configuring XAMPP/WAMP Virtual Host, start CMD console and run following php command:

php -S localhost:8001 -t c:\vhost\Laravel-Project\public
  • Port 8001 can be change to any available port number and be sure nor conflicting with other software ports.
  • c:\vhost\Laravel... path should be changed to what ever your project path.
  • It is possible to start multiple servers but should have different port numbers.

In your browser you need only to right


Note on 403 Access forbidden error

If you get a 403 Access forbidden error when you browse to your site, you may need to add this to your httpd.conf file:

<Directory path_to_dir>
    AllowOverride none
    Require all granted
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