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Until now, I never used HTTPS for local development domains. Now I had to use it for a project, and here is how to get it working on XAMPP with virtual hosts.

Getting the Web Server Application: Go to the Apache Friends website and download the version of.

Update from May 31, 2018:Xampp php mysql not working. Before the update, I described the creation of an SSL certificate as the first necessary step before setting up the virtual host. But your browser will display a warning regardless if there is a self-created cert or not, so I removed this part. You need to add your local site as an exception to not get the warning every time.

Update from June 1, 2018: Seems that you need the cert file, otherwise apache will not start, so I added this part back to the post.

Two steps are necessary for the solution:

  • The XAMPP welcome page To have Apache serve your own web site content there are two main options. The first is to place it within the default DocumentRoot. The second is to place it outside of the default DocumentRoot and use the Alias directive to map a URL to this location.
  • XAMPP is a local web server used for testing purposes. Everthing you do in it is visible to only you. You cannot host website using XAMPP. For hosting a website globally, paid host servers are available like Go Daddy, HostGator, etc. Use them to host your website as.
  • 308 Permanent Redirect - XAMPP.
  • XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. Just download and start the installer. XAMPP for Windows 7.3.27, 7.4.16 & 8.0.3.
  1. Creating an SSL certificate.
  2. Set up the virtual host.

The requirement is (of course) XAMPP.


Creating an SSL certificate

A good tutorial about creating a cert is on robsnotebook.com. It is from 2007, but works. To create a certificate, you can follow these steps on the command line:

  1. Go to the Apache directory C:xamppapache.
  2. Run makecert.
  3. Enter a PEM passphrase and the other information you are asked for. For Common Name, you should enter the domain you want to use for the virtual host, so the certificate is signed for that domain.
  4. After processing all steps, you maybe want to import the cert into your browser (it lives under C:/xampp/apache/conf/ssl.crt/server.crt). Nevertheless, you will get a warning about insecure self-signed certificate after loading your website – you need to add it as an exception.

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Set up virtual host with HTTPS

Entry in the Windows hosts file

To let Windows know, for example, that the domain florianbrinkmann.test should point to the IP address (localhost), we have to insert an entry in the Windows hosts file. The file can be found in C:WindowsSystem32driversetc. To edit it, you need admin privileges (search for the editor in Windows, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator).

At the end of the hosts file, add an entry with the following pattern:

You have to replace the domain with your own development domain. Afterwards, you can save and close the file.

Creating the Virtual Host in Apache

Using Xampp

The virtual hosts in Apache can be found in the C:xamppapacheconfextrahttpd-vhosts.conf file. Open the file and insert an entry according to the following pattern (an answer from stackoverflow.com was very helpful – the related question also, it brought me to the article on SSL certificate setup):

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Here you have to adjust the settings for DocumentRoot, ServerName, Directory, and the domain in the VirtualHost element. The first VirtualHost is for HTTP connections, the second for HTTPS connections.

Maybe you have to uncomment the following line in the C:xamppapacheconfhttpd.conf:

Now you can restart Apache and open your site with HTTPS (including browser warning…).