To implement SSL in XAMPP, you need to follow these steps:
- Prepare the SSL Certificate:
Generate a certificate signing request (CSR) using a tool like OpenSSL.
Submit the CSR to a Certificate Authority (CA) of your choice and obtain a signed SSL certificate along with the CA's intermediate and root certificates.
Save the SSL certificate, intermediate certificate, and root certificate in a secure location on your server.
- Enable SSL in Apache configuration:
Locate the Apache configuration file "httpd.conf" in the XAMPP installation directory.
Open the file in a text editor and find the following section: "#LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so"
Remove the "#" symbol at the beginning of the line to uncomment it and enable the SSL module.
Save the changes to the "httpd.conf" file.
- Configure SSL Virtual Host:
Open the Apache configuration file "httpd-ssl.conf" located in the "conf" folder within the XAMPP installation directory.
Update the SSL Virtual Host configuration to specify the path to the SSL certificate, key, intermediate, and root certificates.
Set the appropriate values for the ServerName and DocumentRoot directives.
Save the changes to the "httpd-ssl.conf" file.
- Start Apache with SSL:
Launch XAMPP Control Panel.
Stop the Apache service if it is running.
Start the Apache service again.
Apache should now be running with SSL enabled.
Note: Make sure to open the necessary ports in your firewall (e.g., port 443 for HTTPS) to allow SSL connections.
Remember to test your SSL implementation using a web browser to ensure that the SSL certificates are working correctly.