I've installed Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 10.10 desktop edition, and it's working fine.
Except I have no clue where to look for Apache or PHP log files.

5 Answers 5


By default, /var/log/apache2/error.log.

This can be configured in /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini.

  • Yep. got it. it was a bit different on windows.
    – Stann
    Nov 24, 2010 at 19:38
  • 1
    Apache logs can be rotated, so you might want to check all error.log.* files Oct 6, 2016 at 7:43
  • @misterben can you help me find enable the same error log for centOS 7? any idea?
    – Red Bottle
    May 15, 2017 at 7:34
  • unix.stackexchange.com/a/269090/2799 has info for other distros
    – misterben
    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:24
  • what if apache is not installed, just php?
    – mils
    Oct 17, 2017 at 4:10

Check these settings in php.ini:

  1. error_reporting = E_ALL | E_STRICT (as recommended for development in php.ini)

  2. error_log = /var/log/php_errors.log

  3. Then create log file manually

    touch /var/log/php_errors.log
    chown www-data: /var/log/php_errors.log
    chmod +rw /var/log/php_errors.log
  4. And finally

    sudo service apache2 restart

Now you can view PHP errors by this way

tail /var/log/php_errors.log

This is an agreeable solution to this issue for me.

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    would also need a step to restart the apache for settings to take effect
    – rbawaskar
    Oct 13, 2014 at 10:32
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    Keep it tight: chmod 640 /var/log/php_errors.log
    – berbt
    Apr 4, 2017 at 13:43

You can also define a specific error log file for each VirtualHost in Apache. If you have any VirtualHost defined in /etc/apache2/sites-available/ and enabled in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled (enable with sudo a2ensite [your-virtualhost-definition-file]), you can change the error log by adding the following line inside your VirtualHost config:

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/[your-vhost]-error.log

That might be useful if you have a lot of vhosts and want to split where they report the errors.

Also, you can watch your error log live by issuing the following command (adapt to your own log file if different from the default):

sudo tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log

This is particularly useful when doing live debugging.

  • It works! If I comment out error_log = syslog in php.ini
    – mmv-ru
    Oct 23, 2017 at 14:08

If Apache was setup with Webmin/Virtualmin there is a separate folder for each VirtualHost.

It is


folder for each VirtualHost user.

These are two files:




So they are







To view log files for each particular domain login as VirtualHost owner user of that hostname and run

tail -f ~/logs/error_log


If you use a bitnami distribution, it is at:

tail /opt/bitnami/apache2/logs/error_log

Bitnami distributions have their own directory structure. I had to find what it was for my server, and this is where it resides by default for bitnami. I would assume lots of people are looking for the same thing when using a bitnami distribution.

For more info see here: https://docs.bitnami.com/bch/infrastructure/lamp/troubleshooting/debug-errors-apache/


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