ApacheExpress should install fine on pretty much any Unix system that can run Swift and Apache 2.4. Including exotic setups like Raspberry Pi systems.

We also provide a macOS Homebrew tap which makes it really easy to install ApacheExpress and its dependencies on macOS. We highly recommend that over a custom install.

On the Linux side we test w/ Ubuntu Trusty and Xenial, though it should work pretty much anywhere.

Install on macOS using Homebrew

Got no Homebrew? Get it!

Before installing ApacheExpress and mod_swift, it is strongly recommended that the Homebrew Apache 2.4 with HTTP/2 and the MPM event module is (re)installed:

brew reinstall httpd --with-mpm-event --with-http2

The --with-privileged-ports option can be added if such are desired.

If PostgreSQL access is needed:

brew reinstall apr-util --with-sqlite --with-postgresql

An optional --with-openldap enables LDAP support.

Then add the mod_swift tap and install ApacheExpress:

brew tap modswift/mod_swift
brew install apacheexpress

(yes, the account is just modswift w/o underscore due to GitHub limitations)

Install on Linux (or macOS w/o Homebrew)

On macOS: We strongly advise that you rather use Homebrew, more importantly the Apache provided by Homebrew.

Ubuntu packages required (assuming you have Swift 3 installed already), this includes the PostgreSQL and SQLite3 database adaptors, add additional ones as desired:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install \
   curl pkg-config libapr1-dev libaprutil1-dev \
   libxml2 apache2 apache2-dev \
   libnghttp2-dev \
   libaprutil1-dbd-sqlite3 \

Install mod_swift:

curl -L -o mod_swift.tgz \
tar zxf mod_swift.tgz && cd mod_swift-0.8.5
sudo make install

Install ApacheExpress:


curl -L -o apacheexpress.tgz \
tar zxf apacheexpress.tgz && cd apacheexpress-TODO
make debug=yes
make debug=no
sudo make debug=yes install
sudo make debug=no  install

Those put things into /usr/local. If you want to have it in /usr, do:

sudo make prefix=/usr install

Check whether the installation is OK

You can call swift apache validate to make sure the Apache installation is OK:

$ swift apache validate
The Swift Apache build environment looks sound.

srcroot:   /Users/helge/dev/Swift/Apex3
module:    mods_Apex3
config:    debug
product:   /Users/helge/dev/Swift/Apex3/.build/
apxs:      /usr/local/bin/apxs
mod_swift: /usr/local
swift:     3.1.0
cert:      self-signed-mod_swift-localhost-server.crt
http/2:    yes


If something isn't working in a Homebrew setup, check whether:

brew doctor

outputs anything unusual.

If you need any help, feel free to ask on the Mailing List or our Slack channel.