I've just taken over webmastery for my company's site, and I'm preparing a report for my partner about the LAMP stack. But I'm a new CS graduate, and the only thing I know really well is Java coding, so I need some help!

I'm trying to find out a) if Apache is installed and b) what version is running.

My Linux version is "Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS \n \l", as reported by /etc/issue.

6 Answers 6


Is it running?

pgrep apache

Any output is good, nothing means it isn't running.

What version:

aptitude show apache2
  • 1
    pgrep apache produces 11 lines of output. Sep 3, 2010 at 22:18
  • aptitude show apache2 produces lots of output, including the line Version: 2.2.8-1ubuntu0.15. Sep 3, 2010 at 22:20
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    apache2 -version in a shell would also work.
    – Marc B
    Sep 5, 2010 at 6:24

Have you tried talking to it?

telnet localhost 80
<extra carriage return>
  • telnet localhost 80 produces -bash: telnet: command not found Sep 3, 2010 at 22:10
  • You should consider installing it or something with similar functionality such as ncat (part of nmap 5). Talking directly to your web (or SMTP or POP or IMAP or SIP or FTP or …) server can be indispensable for troubleshooting. Sep 7, 2010 at 15:28

To check for Apache 1.X see below, for Apache 2.X see wzzrd's answer.

The apache web server process is called httpd so a quick way to start with confirming apache is installed and running is:

ps -A | grep 'httpd'

ps -A lists all the running processes grep 'httpd' filters only lines containing 'httpd'

If you don't get any results, apache is not running.

regarding version, try:

apachectl status

in the output there should be a line like:
Apache/1.3.41 Server at www.xyz.com Port 80

If it cannot find apachectl, it may not be in your execution path, try:
whereis apachectl
to see where it is located

These are distribution agnostic ways so no matter how apache was installed on the system, you should find it with these.

  • "ps -A | grep 'httpd'" produces no output. Sep 3, 2010 at 22:07
  • "apachectl status" produces "-bash: apachectl: command not found" Sep 3, 2010 at 22:08
  • "whereis apachectl" produces "apachectl:" Sep 3, 2010 at 22:09
  • However, ps -A | grep apache2 produces ` 2691 ? 00:00:01 apache2` and 10 other apache2 processes. Sep 3, 2010 at 22:14
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    @isme, actually, that isn't a distribution issue but an apache major version issue. I was referencing a box with apache 1.x on it. The instructions would have worked on Ubuntu with apache 1.x and the other answer would have not produced a result.
    – ManiacZX
    Sep 6, 2010 at 17:28

Click here: http://localhost If you don't get an error 404, it's running.

  • My server instance is a VPS, so I can't just click a link on my local machine to check whether it's running. Sep 4, 2010 at 2:12
  • You could run some ncurses web browser like links or lynx directly on the server.
    – halp
    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:48
/sbin/service httpd status

Will say that you don't have it | it's OK | it's OFF

  • /sbin/service httpd status produces -bash: /sbin/service: No such file or directory Sep 3, 2010 at 22:11

For Apache/2.2.22 you can also try. It will show you a few processes.

ps -A | grep 'apache'

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