I have several instances of httpd running on my Mac. Don't need to run a web server, would like to end them all, as they add up to about 100mb of unnessecary RAM. What is the configuration that sets them to run? How can I disable it?

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Mountain Lion removed the Web Sharing option, maybe you upgraded and had it running some time in the past? Anyway, you'll need to open Terminal for this:

sudo killall httpd
sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist

The first will fail if you've already killed all the processes, the second disables startup.

  • He's on 10.7.4 according to the Q.
    – Daniel Beck
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 20:06
  • Fair, but in the future as more users come back to this same question they may be on 10.8 (or later) so overtime this is a more relevant answer.
    – Jeff
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 20:29
  • This solved it for me on 10.7.5; even though Web Sharing exists and is unchecked in System Preferences, httpd was surviving/respawning through killall until using this launchctl command (but this particular system might have other issues)
    – rymo
    Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 18:50
  • Wow! I was getting this error with MAMP Pro, and running the above fixed it. cl.ly/010Y2g2V3v3M/Image%202017-01-23%20at%201.35.59%20PM.png Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 19:58

Open the Sharing preference pane in System Preferences and uncheck Web Sharing.

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    FWIW, this option has been removed from Mountain Lion.
    – Daniel Beck
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 18:41
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    nope still running httpd on my lion Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 21:50

sudo kill -9 [PID] and entering the process ID for PID ends any process. This can kill httpd . Now, you want to remove httpd form startup since you dont use it anyway. Go to:




and remove httpd from these locations. This will stop it from ever running again. You can keep a backup though just in case you want the Apache web server in the future.

  • So why the downvote? This method works... not something hard.You can just google this Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 19:05
  • httpd is normally started by /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist, and changing the contents of /System is not recommended. Using launchctl to manage it (as @Jeff recommended) is a much better way to do it. Commented Oct 13, 2012 at 14:25

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