How to enable SSL on a WAMP Server? Security

Websites in development environment that uses a WAMP server sometimes requires https to be available for further development of the application/websites. To enable https on the development server, we need to enable SSL manually.

The following steps are to enable SSL on a WAMP server –

Step 1: Download and Install OpenSSL on the server.

OpenSSL is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions. You can download the OpenSSL software for windows from the link

Make sure you leave the installation to the default settings.

Step 2: Creation of SSL Private Key and Certificate

Once the software is installed, the next step is to create the private key and certificate.

  1. Open the Start Menu -> Right click on command prompt -> “Run as Administrator”
  2. Change the directory to the location where OpenSSL

cd C:\Program Files\openssl-win64/bin

  1. Creation of private key and setting up passphrase

opensslgenrsa -aes256 -out private.key 2048 #generating private key

opensslrsa -in private.key -out private.key #removing the pass phrase

  1. The next step is to create the certificate which involves answering a some questions. The common name should set as “localhost”

opensslreq -new -x509 -nodes -sha1 -key private.key -out certificate.crt -days 36500 #creating the certificate

Step 3: Copy the created SSL Key and certificate

The next step is to create a folder called “key” in the location C:\wamp64\bin\apache2.4.41\conf\. Copy C:\Program Files\openssl-win64\bin\certificate.crt and private.key to the newly created folder called key (C:\wamp64\bin\apache2.4.41\conf\key).

Step 4: Edit the httpd.conf file

The next step after copying of the files is to edit the httpd.confffile. Open the file C:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.41\conf\httpd.conf and un-comment (remove #) from the following 3 lines –

LoadModulessl_module modules/

Include conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf

LoadModulesocache_shmcb_module modules/

The next step is to confirm that the following line is un-commented in the “php.ini” file located in “C:\wamp64\bin\php\php7.0.10\php.ini”


Step 5: Edit the httpd-ssl.conf file

The next step is to edit the httpd-ssl.conf file located in C:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.71\conf\extra\httpd-ssl.conf. The existing parameters should be changed to the following

VirtualHost *:443>

DocumentRoot “c:/wamp64/www”

ServerName localhost:443


ErrorLog “${SRVROOT}/logs/error.log”

TransferLog “${SRVROOT}/logs/access.log”

SSLCertificateFile “${SRVROOT}/conf/key/certificate.crt”

SSLCertificateKeyFile “${SRVROOT}/conf/key/private.key”

CustomLog “${SRVROOT}/logs/ssl_request.log”


The DocumentRoot folder is the location where the website files are located. The ServerName can be set as “localhost” or the name set to access the website like “”

Step 6: Restart the WAMP Server

The final setep in enabling SSL in WAMP server is to restart the WAMP server for the changes to take effect. A green WAMP icon indicates that everything is good. If the icon is orange, it means that there is problem with the syntax in the configuration.

Running the C:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.41\bin\httd-t in the command prompt will list the syntax errors if any.

Note: As the certificate we have created is a self-signed certificate, you will receive a security warning.

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