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 http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/openssl.htm
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.
cd C:\Program Files\openssl-win64/bin
opensslgenrsa -aes256 -out private.key 2048 #generating private key
opensslrsa -in private.key -out private.key #removing the pass phrase
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 –
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
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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 “example.com”
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.
At Velan, our server support engineers can help you setup SSL on your WAMP server. For details, please visit https://www.velaninfo.com/mservices/managed-it-services