XAMPP v3 and VMWare 8

XAMPP v3 and VMWare 8

Let’s say you want to install the latest XAMPP software so you can do some local wordpress/html work. But after installing XAMPP, you get this message when trying to start the Apache server:

4:33:47 PM [Apache] Problem detected!
4:33:47 PM [Apache] Port 443 in use by "vmware-hostd.exe"!
4:33:47 PM [Apache] Apache WILL NOT start without the configured ports free!
4:33:47 PM [Apache] You need to uninstall/disable/reconfigure the blocking application
4:33:47 PM [Apache] or reconfigure Apache to listen on a different port

In order to get over this, you must change the SSL port number that XAMPP Apache listens to (or change VMWare).  I found changing XAMPP was easier.

Here’s the steps:

  1. Close the XAMPP control panel
  2. Open http-ssl.conf using notepad in the ...\xampp\apache\conf\ directory
  3. Look for the line that has:
    Listen 443
  4. Change that port number to anything you want (i.e. 4430 worked for me)
  5. Search the rest of the document – replacing 443 with 4430 (or your port)
  6. Save the file
  7. Restart XAMPP and Apache should start up properly this time.

One thought on “XAMPP v3 and VMWare 8

  1. yep thanks for this!
    just to keep things up to date, the latest xampp installs the apache ssl config file to: C:\xampp\apache\conf\extra\

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