Making "personal web sharing" work after Leopard upgrade

My upgrade to Leopard has gone mostly well (if you don’t mind waiting half a day for spotlight to index everything, then another half a day for time machine to do its first back up). But tonight I tried to access my “personal website” via the local Apache server, and got a “Forbidden” message.

It turns out Leopard includes Apache 2.2 (up from the 1.3 in Tiger) and its configuration now lives in


(not /private/etc/httpd as in Tiger and earlier). However, the upgrade did not bring across my user configuration file (/private/etc/httpd/users/mrowe.conf).

The following commands fixed this for me:

cp /private/etc/httpd/users/mrowe.conf /private/etc/apache2/users/
echo 'Include /private/etc/apache2/users/*.conf' >> /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf
apachectl graceful

(Obviously you would use your short username where I have “mrowe”.)

I haven’t tried PHP yet…

Update: it turns out adding that Include /private/etc/apache2/users/*.conf line to httpd.conf is not necessary. It is taken care of by the line:

Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-userdir.conf

earlier in httpd.conf that I hadn’t noticed. You still need to copy your user.conf from /private/etc/httpd/users to /private/etc/apache2/users.