I installed Apache 2.4 on Ubuntu 14.04 and it was working fine by http://localhost/ address. But when I tried to add a new virtual host, for example http://bow.loc and restart apache, new address was not available on http://bow.loc and available on http://localhost.

My configuration is:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName www.bow.loc
    ServerAlias bow.loc
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/bow/web

    <Directory /var/www/html/bow>
        AllowOverride All
        Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
            RewriteEngine On
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
            RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /app.php [QSA,L]

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
    # alert, emerg.
    LogLevel warn
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

How can I get my site by http://bow.loc?

  • Related: askubuntu.com/a/362992/8698
    – Dan
    Apr 21, 2014 at 8:34
  • Check out my answer here. Got similar problem and it turns out to be the problem with system DNS configuration.
    – jmarceli
    Apr 23, 2015 at 21:29

5 Answers 5


Since Apache 2.4, each virtual host file should have the .conf extension.

You can rename each virtual host file to include the .conf extension:

mv /etc/apache2/sites-available/example.com /etc/apache2/sites-available/example.com.conf

Use the a2ensite command to add the virtual host:

a2ensite example.com.conf

And reload Apache:

service apache2 reload
  • Thanks! And after this actions I don't need manually modified the /etc/hosts file and add hosts to it? Does apache will write new hosts automatically? Apr 23, 2014 at 13:03
  • Apache doesn't write new hosts automatically, you should write it manually. CMIIW Apr 25, 2014 at 8:53
  • So, my config is right, and problem in order that I forgot to add host in /etc/hosts Apr 28, 2014 at 6:45
  • other way is to modify apache2.conf and remove the ".conf" extension from the "IncludeOptional sites-enabled/*" directive. I use website domains as file names, so I dislike the extra ".conf" requirement.
    – lepe
    Aug 16, 2014 at 3:54

I forgot to add host in /etc/hosts:   localhost   bow.loc

I thought apache does it automatically.

  • I've not had to do that any time before on a server. I do it from the client for testing purposes all the time though. Can you clarify what you are saying here?
    – flickerfly
    May 28, 2015 at 17:36
  • @flickerfly What are you meant? I made my virtualhosts points to my local machine to handle them with installed Apache server May 30, 2015 at 21:46
  • I forgot to add this as well! :P Dec 26, 2015 at 14:02
  • Damn, I wasted one our on this on a Debian 8 VM! Thanks!!! Jan 10, 2017 at 16:54
  • @lucaferrario haha, me either. Simple bugs difficult to reveal ;) You're welcome! Jan 12, 2017 at 8:20

Well, I have been trying all these solutions offered..but sadly nothing worked! Alas i edited


to make entry example.com test.com

and it worked!!

(Sorry if I'm not talking much technically!)


I wrote a python script that will automate the apache virtual host creation steps ... this video explains how, download/code on GitHub

Options FollowSymLinks MultiViews

Need char '+' : +FollowSymLinks +Multiviews

Order allow,deny
Allow from all

Now = Require all granted

  • Please explain, where to put this and what it does. Don't just post commands or configuration artefacts. See How do I write a good answer? Apr 7, 2015 at 10:55
  • 1
    You only need to put a + or - before the various Options if you are using a - to exclude one. Otherwise, they are good to go. Required all granted is for Apache 2.4. The Order, Allow lines are a 2.2 syntax.
    – flickerfly
    May 28, 2015 at 17:33

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