How to setup and enable https with SSL on wamp server virtual hostPHP
January 30, 20213 minutesuserShailesh Ladumor
How to setup and enable https with SSL on wamp server virtual host

Recently,  I've started working on one project where we need to set up a virtual host with HTTPS because I need to run that project with expose and Shopify in my local development machine. I've wamp 3.2.3 on my local machine.

I spend a lot of time for setup it. so, I thought I should write one article for step by step guide. So, I show you in this article how to setup HTTPS for a local machine.

Step 1 - Install Wamp

Install wamp server if not installed in your local machine. you can download the latest version of the wampserver from here. wampserver is available in 32 bit and 64 bit. make sure you select the correct version of the wampserver based on your operating system (window)'s version.

Step 2 - Install OpenSSL

OpenSSL is an open-source command-line tool that is used to generate the SSL certificate and private key. OpenSSL is available in both versions 32 and 64 bit. download the latest version of OpenSSL from here.


I hope you successfully installed OpenSSL on your machine. let's take the next step

Step 3 - Create a Private key

Open your terminal as an Administrator otherwise you will get a permission denied error. also, you can provide permission to the OpenSSL directory and run the terminal on normal mode.

Now, let go to where we installed OpenSSL

cd C:\Program Files\OpenSSL-Win64\bin

Let's create a private key which is 2048 bits encryption.  fire one by one the following two commands to create it.

openssl genrsa -aes256 -out private.key 2048
openssl rsa -in private.key -out private.key


Your private.key is successfully generated here C:\Program Files\OpenSSL-Win64\bin 

Step 4 - Create an SSL Certificate

Let's create a certificate using the following command,

openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -sha1 -key private.key -out certificate.crt -days 36500

You need to enter a detail looks like


You can verify here 

Step 5 - Move both Private Key and a Certificate

Open a directory D:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.46\conf (Based on where your wamp is installed) and create a `key` directory.

Now, move both files to the `key` directory.

Step 6 - Configure Your httpd.conf File

Open your `D:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.46\conf\httpd.conf` (the drive should be where your wamp is installed) and un-comment the following 3 lines one by one.

LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so
Include conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf
LoadModule socache_shmcb_module modules/mod_socache_shmcb.so

Step 7 Configure Your httpd-ssl.conf File

Open your `D:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.46\conf\extra\httpd-ssl.conf` (the drive should be where your wamp is installed) and change the all following lines.

DocumentRoot "${INSTALL_DIR}/www"
ServerName localhost:443
ServerAdmin admin@example.com
SSLCertificateKeyFile "${SRVROOT}/conf/key/private.key"
SSLCertificateFile "${SRVROOT}/conf/key/certificate.crt"

Make sure, these following all lines are set or not. if not, add it as well.

SSLSessionCache "shmcb:${SRVROOT}/logs/ssl_scache(512000)"
CustomLog "${SRVROOT}/logs/ssl_request.log" \
          "%t %h %{SSL_PROTOCOL}x %{SSL_CIPHER}x \"%r\" %b"

Step 8 Configure a Virtual Host

Hope you have created a virtual host. if not, create a virtual host using virtual host manager which is provided by wamp.

Open an `D:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.46\conf\extra\httpd-vhosts.conf` and update your virtual host

Change the  port *:80 to *:443

add following lines into the VirtualHost.

SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile "${SRVROOT}/conf/key/certificate.crt"
SSLCertificateKeyFile "${SRVROOT}/conf/key/private.key"

Now, the code of VirtualHost looks like, 

Now, we are done. Let's restart a wamp server.

If you see a green WAMP icon everything should be right. If the icon is orange there is a problem with your syntax somewhere. 

Open terminal and go to the `D:\wamp64\bin\apache\apache2.4.46\bin` and run `httpd -t` in the command prompt and if there are any syntax errors they will be listed.

if fine then open `https://ladumor.test` on the browser