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setup http server on android with termux

Setting up http server on android with termux

Setting SSH server

To be able to make all procedures without pain you should have physical keyboard or just install ssh server and connect to your device shell from computer.

Folow this guide to setup ssh server.

Installing needed stuff

As bunch of utilites that you can expect in general linux distro is not preinstalled with termux you need to do following:

Update packages

pkg update
pkg upgrade

And install following (that will take ~250Mb):

pkg install autoconf automake bison bzip2 clang cmake coreutils diffutils flex gawk git grep gzip libtool make patch perl sed silversearcher-ag tar

Installing and configuring apache2

In this and further steps you will need to acces the /etc folder, but in termux it is hidden in /data/data/com.termux/files/usr/etc/, so I suggest you to make link.

ln -s /data/data/com.termux/files/usr/etc/ ~/etc

Install is a simple part

pkg install apache2

You can configure it if you need in ~/etc/apache2/httpd.conf.

Now you can run apache2 server by simple httpd (by default it will run on 127.0.0.1:8080).

Installing php

pkg install php php-apache

According to archwiki page libphp7.so included with php-apache will only work with mod_mpm_prefork.

  • In ~/etc/apache2/httpd.conf comment following line:
#LoadModule mpm_worker_module libexec/apache2/mod_mpm_worker.so
  • Add following line in the start of section with LoadModule instructions
LoadModule mpm_prefork_module libexec/apache2/mod_mpm_prefork.so

To enable PHP, add these lines to ~/etc/apache2/httpd.conf:

  • Place this at the end of the LoadModule list:
LoadModule php7_module libexec/apache2/libphp7.so
AddHandler php7-script .php
  • Place this at the end of the Include list (this will be at the end of file):
Include etc/apache2/extra/php7_module.conf

That file doesn't exist yet, so just create empty file, to load apache2 properly touch ~/etc/apache2/extra/php7_module.conf

To test if php works:

  • Create index.php file with arbitrary content
echo "<?php phpinfo();?>" > ~/../usr/share/apache2/default-site/htdocs/index.php
  • Restart apache2 server
killall httpd; httpd
  • Verify PHP output (you will need to install curl, if you haven't already)
curl 127.0.0.1:8080/index.php
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ghost commented Apr 3, 2020

Thank You! Really best tutorial.

@arsalan123ahmed
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arsalan123ahmed commented Jun 4, 2020

Thanks

@dinukasal
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dinukasal commented Dec 6, 2020

Thank you!

@redfox805
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redfox805 commented May 22, 2021

Hellooo, i just follow exactly as what this instruction said and unfortunately there is some few errors and i just fix it. I ask permission to give the solution through this comment 🙏

First, change

LoadModule php7_module libexec/apache2/libphp7.so

AddHandler php7-script.php

To

LoadModule php_module libexec/apache2/libphp.so

AddHandler php-script.php

Second, change

etc/apache2/extra/php7_module.conf

To

etc/apache2/extra/php_module.conf

I did this because libphp7.so is not existed and i try with existing file libphp.so

@estebanjes
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estebanjes commented Aug 1, 2021

Me pasa lo mismo el archivo libphp7 no existe

@Luis-Licea
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Luis-Licea commented Aug 21, 2021

I did not have libphp7.so, so I followed the instructions according to what @hisyamzayd wrote.

However, I ran into two errors.

  • I needed to manually run touch data/data/com.termux/files/usr/etc/apache2/extra/php_module.conf to create the file.

  • I also got an error about a corrupted httpd.pid file, so I removed it using rm /data/data/com.termux/files/usr/var/run/apache2/httpd.pid

  • Trying to restart apachectl and httpd manually did not work. Everything worked after I restarted tmux.

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awencheww commented Sep 14, 2021

My error is that any ".php" file saved to "htdocs" folder does not recognized as php script. It is plain text or html.
I follow this instruction above setup_http_server_on_android_with_termux.md
and modify with this comment by
hisyamzayd
but except for this line -> AddHandler php-script.php
It shows an error that AddHandler needs two argument and the correct is
-> AddHandler php-script .php
Correct Syntax: AddHandler handler-name extension [extension] ...
Ex.

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
AddHandler php-script .php

More details here
-> Apache Module mod_mime

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