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


Posted by: Vivek Gite

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12 comment

  1. 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

      1. 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!

  2. 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

      1. 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.

  3. Something important!!!!

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


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

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