As root, install the webserver package along with any dependencies:
[root@mugwriter ~]# yum install httpd Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, rhnplugin, security, : subscription-manager This system is receiving updates from Red Hat Subscription Management. This system is not registered with RHN Classic or RHN Satellite. You can use rhn_register to register. RHN Satellite or RHN Classic support will be disabled. rhel-6-client-rhev-agent-rpms | 2.8 kB 00:00 rhel-6-desktop-rpms | 3.7 kB 00:00 Setting up Install Process Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package httpd.x86_64 0:2.2.15-26.el6 will be installed --> Finished Dependency Resolution Dependencies Resolved ================================================================================ Package Arch Version Repository Size ================================================================================ Installing: httpd x86_64 2.2.15-26.el6 rhel-6-desktop-rpms 821 k Transaction Summary ================================================================================ Install 1 Package(s) Total download size: 821 k Installed size: 2.9 M Is this ok [y/N]: Y Downloading Packages: httpd-2.2.15-26.el6.x86_64.rpm | 821 kB 00:06 Running rpm_check_debug Running Transaction Test Transaction Test Succeeded Running Transaction Installing : httpd-2.2.15-26.el6.x86_64 1/1 Verifying : httpd-2.2.15-26.el6.x86_64 1/1 Installed: httpd.x86_64 0:2.2.15-26.el6 Complete! [root@mugwriter ~]#
Once this has completed, check to see if the service has started:
[root@mugwriter ~]# service httpd status httpd is stopped
As expected, it hasn't automatically been started up. I suspect this is for security reasons. Ok, let's start the service:
[root@mugwriter ~]# service httpd start Starting httpd: [ OK ]
Let's make sure that the service runs automatically at boot time, otherwise we'll need to start it from the command line every time. We can use chkconfig to see which runlevels it is set to run at from boot and change as we see fit:
[root@mugwriter ~]# chkconfig --list httpd httpd 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:off 4:off 5:off 6:off [root@mugwriter ~]# chkconfig httpd on [root@mugwriter ~]# chkconfig --list httpd httpd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off [root@mugwriter~]#
Right, we should be able to see the default apache webserver index page now. Launch a browser and go to http://localhost, you should see something like this:
Great, it's working! Some useful content to serve up might be nice though. You'll need to add your content to the /var/www/html directory on your system, starting with a new index.html.
If you want anybody other than users on your system to see this marvel of website design you're going to need to open up port 80 on your firewall. This is easy enough to do and you don't need to trouble yourself with iptables to do it. There are a couple of tools on a RHEL system for administering your firewall. if you are working at the CLI, you can use system-config-firewall-tui. If you are using a graphical interface, you can either launch system-config-firewall from the command line or you can access it through the System > Administration > Firewall menu.
Put a tick in the box next to the www option to open up port 80 on the firewall and then click apply. I told you it was easy! Now you're all set to start serving up something a little more useful, perhaps a locally hosted Red Hat software repository?