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Apache httpd
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This is a docker container for running websites under Apache 2. It is designed
to be very minimal, but in such a way that extending it is easy. Apache listens
on port 8080 inside the container and runs in the foreground under a
non-privileged user. d11wtq/php-docker
is built based on this image.


Apache is run in the foreground with a minimal config that can be found at in
the www/ directory
of the GitHub repository for this container.


Without any special configuration, the index page will serve up an "It works!"
page. This should demonstrate that the container is working correctly.

docker run -p 8080:8080 d11wtq/apache

Accessing http://localhost:8080/ should show the "It works!" page and Apache
logs should be written to stdout.


I have made no attempts to create an exhaustive configuration for Apache,
rather focusing on setting a handful of minimal and sensible defaults and
ensuring it is easy to override these defaults. In summary, the defaults are:

  • mod_dir
  • mod_authz_core
  • mod_unixd
  • mod_mime
  • mod_log_config
  • mod_access_compat
  • Forking (not MPM)
  • Port 8080
  • Default charset 'UTF-8'
  • Loglevel 'info'
  • Logging to stdout


The document root is set to /www/htdocs/ and you are expected to mount this
directory as a volume, or add it to the container, using this image as the base

The main httpd.conf file resides in /www/httpd.conf, however it only loads some
essential modules in order for Apache to function.

Extending the basic Apache 2 configuration can be done by adding *.conf files
to /www/httpd.conf.d/, again either by mounting a volume, or by using this
image as a base image.

If you know what you're doing, feel free to mount the entire /www/ directory
as a volume and disregard the above, but make sure it contains at least an
httpd.conf. Apache has been installed with --prefix=/usr/local.


Here's an example of serving a static website with mod_rewrite loaded, using
shared volumes.

# Start Apache, mounting a volume for the doc root
docker run -d                          \
  --name website                       \
  -p 8080:8080                         \
  -v /path/to/website:/www/htdocs      \
  -v /path/to/conf.d:/www/httpd.conf.d \

The contents of /path/to/website/ would be the directory including the
index.html of the website. The contents of /path/to/conf.d/ would be a file
named mod_rewrite.conf, with the contents:

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

Now accessing http://localhost:8080/, you should see your website.

Here's the same example using a Dockerfile to create a new image, using this
image as the base image:

FROM       d11wtq/apache:latest

ADD /path/to/website /www/htdocs
ADD /path/to/conf.d  /www/httpd.conf.d

Now build the new image:

docker build --rm -t your-website .

And run it with:

# Start the Website
docker run -d    \
  --name website \
  -p 8080:8080   \

You should be able to provide most needed configuration using this layout.

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