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I have a large httpd.conf file, most of which is virtual hosts. Is there a way to make a file, say virtual_hosts.conf, and include it from httpd.conf? I've googled a bit, but can't seem to find much as far as includes, just module loading.

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Don't google for this. Read the Apache docs. –  Andrew Schulman Sep 26 '14 at 12:24
@AndrewSchulman: You know I asked this question over 3 years ago... right? –  Josh Sep 27 '14 at 3:01

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Information on apache httpd.conf files can be found at here.

Some snippets have been copied from this website to ensure that the information is not lost if the link would deprecated:

Include /usr/local/apache2/conf/ssl.conf
Include /usr/local/apache2/conf/vhosts/*.conf

Relative paths:

Include conf/ssl.conf
Include conf/vhosts/*.conf


Include conf/vhosts/*/*.conf
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You can do it with Include directive:

Include /path/to/virtual_hosts.conf
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I separate each virtual host into it's own vhost config file, that way you don't wind up searching through a giant document looking for one little directive. Similar to Quanta's post:

Include /etc/apache2/vhosts.d/*.conf

Just place it as the last line in your httpd.conf

then just split your single vhosts.conf into individual files for each domain, i.e.


much easier to manage. -sean

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