Solved: Apache Service Not Running in WampServer on Windows

WampServer is one of the best Windows web development software which comes pre-packaged with Apache, PHP, and MySQL. In fact, it is one of the most common software used by Windows users to install WordPress locally. As good the as the software is, other software may sometimes interfere with how WampServer works, thus causing problems.

One of the most common problem’s faced by Wamp users is that the Apache service is not running as it should. If the Apache service is not running then, the WampServer icon in the taskbar stays in orange color and you cannot access or work with your locally install WordPress site.

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So if you ever face this problem, here is how to solve Apache service is not running in WampServer on Windows.

Solve Apache Service Not Running in WampServer

The most common reason why the Apache service is not running is that the port 80 is being used by other application. The good thing is that the WampServer itself provides a way to check which application is using the port 80.

1. To do that, launch the WampServer and left-click on the taskbar icon. From the displayed options, navigate to “Apache > Services” and select the option “Test Port 80.”

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2. The above action will open a command prompt window and the WampServer will try to detect and tell which application is using the port 80. As you can see from the image below, even if the WampServer couldn’t detect the application that is using the target port, it suggests that the culprit might be Skype.

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3. So, if you are using Skype, you need to stop it from using the port 80. To do that open up the Skype application and navigate to “Tools” and then “Options.”

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4. Once the “Options” window has been opened, navigate to “Advanced > Connections,” uncheck the checkbox “Use port 80 and 443 for additional incoming connections” and click on the “Save” button to save the changes.

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5. Once you are done saving the changes, restart both Skype and WampServer. You will have the WampServer up and running as it should.

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That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to solve Apache service not running in WampServer on Windows.

Finding Application that Users Port 80

In case, if you are not using Skype or if Skype is not using the port 80 and the WampServer couldn’t tell which application is using it, then here is how you can find the application that is using port 80.

1. To find which application is using the port 80, we are going to use a free and portable application called CurrPorts. Just download the file, extract it and execute the application.

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2. Once the application has been opened, find port 80 under the Local Port category and see which application is using it. As you can see, in my case, the port 80 is being used by “httpd.exe” a.k.a “Apache.”

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3. If you scroll to the right-side of the window, you can also see the target process service.

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Once you are done finding the application, change the settings of that application so that it uses some other port rather than 80.

That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to solve Apache service not running in WampService on Windows.

Hopefully that solves your problem. Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to solve Apache service not running in WampServer on Windows.

2 Comments

  1. I have solved my problem just following the below steps. Hope this will help to you.

    1) Go to Wamp > Apache > httpd.conf 2) Under ‘httpd.conf’ search for ‘Listen’ in my case its ‘Listen 0.0.0.0:80’ 3) Just change the last digit that means your Listen will be ‘Listen 0.0.0.0:81’ and save the file, after that start Apache

    Thanks, Amzad

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