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
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