Port 80 error when installing XAMPP for the first time

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Port 80 error when installing XAMPP for the first time

Postby Ila » 07. August 2015 12:20

Thisis the error I am getting:

13:16:50 [Apache] Status change detected: running
13:16:56 [Apache] Status change detected: stopped
13:16:56 [Apache] Error: Apache shutdown unexpectedly.
13:16:56 [Apache] This may be due to a blocked port, missing dependencies,
13:16:56 [Apache] improper privileges, a crash, or a shutdown by another method.
13:16:56 [Apache] Press the Logs button to view error logs and check
13:16:56 [Apache] the Windows Event Viewer for more clues
13:16:56 [Apache] If you need more help, copy and post this
13:16:56 [Apache] entire log window on the forums

What should I do to fix it?
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Re: Port 80 error when installing XAMPP for the first time

Postby Debugged » 09. August 2015 12:34

It means that another software that is running on your system is using port 80 for communicating with the internet. This could be Skype for example.

What version of XAMPP have you got installed?
What does it say in the Apache error.log?

To best view the error.log download Notepad++ , if you like the portable version, meaning it runs out of a folder.
Then in the XAMPP Control Panel to top right corner you find a Config button, click that and in the field Editor open the Windows Explorer and point it to the executable file of the Notepad++ editor.
For example my Notepad++ is the portable version and is in a folder so it looks like this
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D:\NOTEPAD PLUS PLUS\npp.6.6.7.bin\notepad++.exe

Then you can view the Apache error.log in a better way. I think there you will find a clue what software is using port 80 on your system and change that.

Note I am pretty new to all this so the information given here might not be 100% correct, but it is a first pointer in the right direction I assume, letting you find out what is blocking Apache from using port 80.
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