Find Existing Apache Web and MySQL Services on a Macintosh

How to find an existing, actively running Apache web server or MySQL database service on your system. 

You can use this document to help determine if you have another conflicting web and MySQL database service present on your system or if your current DesktopServer installation has started Apache web server and MySQL database services.

  1. First, start the Activity Monitor app from your Applications/Utilities folder and be sure to set the drop down combo box to All Processes.
  2. Next, click to highlight the mysqld or httpd process in the Process Name column (one or more instances of httpd may appear). You can arrange the column by alphabetical order by clicking the column name.
  3. Click the Sample Process icon in the toolbar to locate the path of the running process.

The path should reveal the folder on your hard drive of where the Apache web server (httpd) or MySQL database server is running from. The parent folder should begin with /Applications/XAMPP. If the folder path differs, you have a conflicting process from another web or MySQL server installation. Apache web server and MySQL database services are not running when the httpd and mysqld processes are not listed.