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Script to Create Apache Virtual Hosts

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 2:40 am
by webSIGHTdesigns

Use this Bash script to automate adding new virtual hosts to Apache.

To automate adding new virtual hosts to Apache, create a new file in your text editor of choice:

vi /usr/local/bin/addwebsite

Enter the following Bash script into the file:

RESTARTCMD="/usr/bin/sudo service apache2 reload"
if [ "$1" != '' ]; then
    if [ ! -f "$VHOSTDIR$1.conf" ]; then
        cp "$VHOSTDIR/skeleton" "$VHOSTDIR$1$EXTENSION"
        echo "created $VHOSTDIR$1$EXTENSION"
        mv "$VHOSTDIR$1.conf" "$VHOSTDIR$1$EXTENSION.bak"
        cp "$VHOSTDIR/skeleton" "$VHOSTDIR$1$EXTENSION"
        echo "created $VHOSTDIR$1$EXTENSION and made a backup of the existing conf"
    find "$VHOSTDIR$1$EXTENSION" -type f -exec sed -i "s/SKELETON/$1/" {} \;
    if [ ! -d "$WEBROOT$1/" ]; then
        mkdir "$WEBROOT$1/"
        chown -R apache:apache "$WEBROOT$1/"
        echo "created $WEBROOT$1/"
        echo "$WEBROOT$1/ already exists"
    sudo a2ensite $1
    echo "reloaded apache"
elif [ "$1" = 'help' ] || [ "$1" = '' ]; then
    echo "usage:"
    echo "sudo addwebsite "
    echo "example: to create hostname.localhost just run the command 'sudo addwebsite hostname.localhost'"

Make the file executable:

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/addwebsite

Next create a skeleton file in your VHOSTDIR with the following contents:

    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
    ServerName SKELETON
    DocumentRoot /var/www/SKELETON
        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride None
    <DIRECTORY /var/www/SKELETON/>
        Options +FollowSymLinks
        # <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        # RewriteEngine On
        # RewriteBase /
        # RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
        # RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
        # RewriteRule ^.*$ - [S=40]
        # RewriteRule (.*)/(.*)/$ /index.php?page=$1&id=$2 [QSA,L]
        # RewriteRule (.*)/$ /index.php?page=$1 [QSA,L]
        # </IfModule>
        # php_value auto_prepend_file /var/www/SKELETON/prepend.php
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/SKELETON_error.log
    # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
    # alert, emerg.
    LogLevel warn
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/SKELETON_access.log combined

The above script was written on an Ubuntu 12.04 system, so you may need to edit file paths for other systems. You'll also probably want to edit the skeleton file to suit your own needs.

Check out our bash scripts repository for the files.

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