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A2ENMOD(8) System Manager's Manual A2ENMOD(8)


a2enmod, a2dismod - enable or disable an apache2 module


a2enmod [-q|--quiet] [-m|--maintmode] [ module ]

a2dismod [-q|--quiet] [-f|--force] [-m|--maintmode] [-p|--purge] [ module ]


This manual page documents briefly the a2enmod and a2dismod commands.

a2enmod is a script that enables the specified module within the apache2 configuration. It does this by creating symlinks within /etc/apache2/mods-enabled. Likewise, a2dismod disables a module by removing those symlinks. It is not an error to enable a module which is already enabled, or to disable one which is already disabled.

Note that many modules have, in addition to a .load file, an associated .conf file. Enabling the module puts the configuration directives in the .conf file as directives into the main server context of apache2.


Don't show informative messages.
When disabling a module, also cascade disables all modules that depends on it.
Enables the maintainer mode, that is the program invocation is effectuated automatically by a maintainer script. This switch should not be used by end users.
When disabling a module, purge all traces of the module in the internal state data base.


a2enmod and a2dismod exit with status 0 if all modules are processed successfully, 1 if errors occur, 2 if an invalid option was used.


a2enmod imagemap
a2dismod mime_magic

Enables the mod_imagemap module, and disables the mod_mime_magic module.


Directory with files giving information on available modules.
Directory with links to the files in mods-available for enabled modules.


apache2ctl(8), a2enconf(8), a2disconf(8), a2ensite(8), a2dissite(8).


This manual page was written by Daniel Stone <> for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, as it is a Debian-specific script with the package.

12 October 2006