Ubuntu 14.04 – Change Apache DocumentRoot

This answer is taken from StackOverflow by the community wiki: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5891802/how-do-i-change-the-root-directory-of-an-apache-server

Please note, that this only applies for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and newer releases.

In my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the document root was set to /var/www/html. It was configured in the following file:


So just do a

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf

and change the following line to what you want:

DocumentRoot /var/www/html

Also do a

sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

and find this

<Directory /var/www/html/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Require all granted

and change /var/www/html to your preferred directory

and save it.

After you saved your changes, just restart the apache2 webserver and you’ll be done 🙂

sudo service apache2 restart

If you prefer a graphical text editor, you can just replace the sudo nano by a gksu gedit.