XAMPP Apache Won’t Start – Change Port To Listen 85

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Apache won’t start on XAMPP? If Apache cannot or fails to load, it is probably another software using the same port 80. This can be troublesome if you can’t access your locally installed WordPress. What you need to do is change the port from 80 to 85, 90 or any other port number that is not being used at the moment.

  • Step 1 – Search for the file httpd.conf and open it with a text editor, preferably Wordpad.

XAMPP Apache Won't Start - Change Port To Listen 85

  • Step 2 – Search for this line ‘Listen 80′ and change it to ‘Listen 85′

XAMPP Apache Won't Start - Change Port To Listen 85

  • Step 3 – Save and restart Apache. Apache will not start if you don’t restart the XAMPP software.

There you go, now you can edit your WordPress Theme locally again. Download Free Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Pdf eBook.

How to Fix Port Conflicts in Apache (Xampp)

Note: If port 80 is not the problem, it could be another port. Such as 443 because apache also uses port 443. If you need to change port 443, go to httpd-ssl.conf and look for the appropriate “listen 443″ and change it to something such as 444.

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11 comments on “XAMPP Apache Won’t Start – Change Port To Listen 85

  1. Kiran February 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    superb……vry well explained….thnks a lot….it solved my problem

  2. nena_sk March 8, 2011 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot! I was trying to solve the problem all day long, and feel little silly, cause the solution is not that complicated. :P

  3. Forest April 16, 2012 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I did this, apache now runs! But I can not connect to localhost. My browser says it can not connect to localhost, then gives suggested URL’s. Help?

    • Robin Parrish April 12, 2013 at 3:37 am - Reply

      Apache won’t start on any XAMPP I try to use

      • Wales April 12, 2013 at 3:38 am - Reply

        Change your listening port on Skype to something other than 80 or just close Skype. it is skype fighting with xampp for the same port

  4. Forest April 16, 2012 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Fixed it, I just entered https://localhost instead of localhost, and now I can access it again! Thank you so much!

  5. Rafael Wanjiku April 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks man! saved me lots of hustle!

  6. David Stratton October 5, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    You, sir, win a free internet for assisting me with my XAMPP problems. Thank you, thank you!

  7. Stebbins November 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks alot dude……. i had trouble having to quit skype and restart my machine everytime i wanted to use XAMPP,
    Though typing localhost/ on the web browser didnt work so i figured i had to use localhost:85/ or https://localhost
    Thanks alot

    • Fay April 12, 2013 at 3:37 am - Reply

      xampp apache won’t start windows 7 x64 and mac, it says busy, why?

  8. Sukeshini September 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much. It worked perfectly.

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