Debian / Ubuntu: Apache2 Change Default Port / IP Binding

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Question: How do I change Apache 2 default port under Debian / Ubuntu Linux? I've couple of public IPv4 address assigned by my ISP, how do I force Apache2 to listen to a specific IP address? How do I change Apache2 IP address binding?

Answer: You can easily change the port and other settings using following directives:

Apache Listen Directive

The Listen directive instructs Apache to listen to more than one IP address or port; by default it responds to requests on all IP interfaces, but only on the port given by the Port directive. You can use this directive multiple times.

Task: Change Apache port

Open /etc/apache2/ports.conf file, enter:
# vi /etc/apache2/ports.conf
$ sudo vi /etc/apache2/ports.conf
To make the server accept connections on both port 8010, enter:
Listen 8010
To make the server accept connections on both port 80 and port 8010, use:
Listen 80
Listen 8010

Task: Accept connections on specific IP / interface port

You need to use network interfaces IP address. For example, to make the server accept connections on IP and port 80, enter:
To make the server accept connections on two specified interfaces and port numbers, enter:

Save and close the file. Restart Apache 2 webserver:
# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

How do I verify port and IP binding working ?

Use netstat command to find out if Apache is listening on a specific port or not, use:
# netstat -tulpn
# netstat -tulpn | grep :80
# netstat -tulpn | grep :8010
# netstat -tulpn| grep

Sample output:

tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN     19306/apache2
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1 Felipe Ferreira November 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Great Post.
Simple and easy to understand.
But I was wondering how I could server multiple IPs,Ports.
How would the Virtual Hosts file look like?
Is it enough to change the
NameVirtualHost ?



2 Goncorpius October 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

Plz , i change port apache ia 81 but in address on browser my type is

localhst:81 or not search foulder content php www

i edit port is 80 is ok

why ?? plz


3 Cesar December 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I’m with the same problem…


4 Khan Bhai March 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

my Apache server was not running but when i close all my start up programs like skype and utorrent then it work and apache server running.
start up programs sometimes use the port of apache!


5 Melroy van den Ber December 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm

They apparently forgot to say to change the following also:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/ports.conf

In file ports.conf, line 8.
NameVirtualHost *:80

Change to:
NameVirtualHost *:8080

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

In file default, line 1.

Change to:

Eventually restart your apache2 server ;)

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Good luck!

Kind regards,
Melroy van den Berg


6 ulysses January 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

oh thanks that helped alot


7 slavka April 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Using specific ip and port but getting:
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
Action ‘start’ failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.


8 praveen July 4, 2011 at 9:38 am

what is the difference between the port 80 and 8080?


9 gauchoproluanco February 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hi guys,

Like always, brilliant, simple and easy!!!




10 LG June 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Something important!!!!

If you just change the port or add more ports here, you will likely also
have to change the VirtualHost statement in



11 Peyman August 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

I get the following error:
(99)Cannot assign requested address: make_sock: could not bind to address **.***.**.***:80
what can I do?


12 Nisarg Pandya May 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Hi Guys,

Thank you very much for all the information and the comments.


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