Unix: Start and Stop vFabric Web Server Instances

You start, stop, or restart a vFabric Web Server instance on Unix with the httpdctl shell script in the bin directory of the instance.

Warning: You always use the start script in the bin of the instance directory, such as /opt/vwmare/vfabric-web-server/myserver/bin. Do not use the start script in the httpd-2.2/bin sub-directory of the main installation directory.



  1. Log in to your Unix computer as the root user.

  2. Start a terminal window and change to the bin sub-directory of your vFabric Web Server instance's root directory. For example, if you created an instance called myserver that lives in the installation directory /opt/vmware/vfabric-web-server:

    prompt# cd /opt/vmware/vfabric-web-server/myserver/bin

  3. Start the instance using the ./httpdctl start command:

    prompt# ./httpdctl start

    You should see a message as follows:

    Starting Apache: 
    Server started OK
  4. To test that the vFabric Web Server instance actually started, navigate to the http://host:port URL in your browser, where host refers to the host computer (you can use localhost if your browser is on the same computer) and port refers to the HTTP listen port number you provided when you created the instance. The default value is 80

    For example, if you are using the default ports on your local computer, you can use this URL:


    If the instance started successfully, you should see the Welcome page.

  5. To stop the instance immediately, even if there are current connections in use:

    prompt# cd /opt/vmware/vfabric-web-server/myserver/bin
    prompt$ ./httpdctl stop

    To stop the instance gracefully:

    prompt$ ./httpdctl gracefulstop
  6. To restart a currently running instance:

    prompt$ ./httpdctl restart

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