Invalid Command SSLEngine - Apache (httpd)

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I’ve been configuring Apache web server recently, it’s been a VPS installed from scratch that needed SSL certificate added.

My primary webserver of choice is nginx, and so Apache skills are getting rusty.

Invalid command ‘SSLEngine’

When I made the necessary changes in virtual hosts config file, I ran the syntax check and received an error:

[root@vps conf.d]# httpd -t
AH00526: Syntax error on line 50 of /etc/httpd/conf.d/
Invalid command 'SSLEngine', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration

After double-checking the syntax, I realised my mistake: the SSL module was missing.

In order to fix the error above, we need to install the mod_ssl:

[root@vps conf.d]# yum install mod_ssl

Once this was completed, I re-run the syntax check for Apache configuration and could see it was now ready for service SSL traffic:

[root@vps conf.d]# httpd -t
Syntax OK

pS: WOW! I completely forgotten that there’s practically nothing written here on Unix Tutorial blog about either nginx or Apache web severs. Will address that in the nearest future!

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