Apache Installation – Problems with Skype

by Simon. Average Reading Time: less than a minute.

When trying to install the latest version of Apache on my development machine, I was presented with the following error at the end of the installation:

Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally pemitted.
make_sock: could not bind to address
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to openlogs
Note the errors or messages above, and press the < ESC > key to exit.

Initially I thought it was a problem associated with Windows Vista (yes my development machine is a Vista PC!) and the previously installed IIS. However, after a lot of deliberating and Google searches, it appears that Skype was the culprit. Skype listens on port 80 and 443 for incoming requests. So to solve the problem I simply closed down Skype and re-installed Apache. As Apache was setup as a Windows service, no conflicts subsequently arise with Skype as Apache will start using the ports before Skype.

There is a setting in Skype under Tools > Options > Advanced > Connection called “Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections”. This is checked by default. Uncheck this to prevent conflicts with Apache.

Skype Advanced Connection Options

The Key Point: Stop Skype before installing Apache.

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