Macos – OSX, Failed to listen on (reason: Permission denied)


I'm on OSX Mavericks. I installed PHP 5.5 from When I go to localhost in a browser I get a page that says, "It Works!" which is not a page I created so I am not sure where it is located. Is this from the PHP install or just Apache?

When I open my IDE (PHPStorm) and run the website, it works if I use a port like 8080. If I set the port to 80, it fails and the IDE says:

/usr/local/php5/bin/php -S -t /mywebsitepath/ 

Failed to listen on (reason: Permission denied)

When I searched for that specific error, all I found was help for NGINX, but I am using Apache. What do I need to change to be able to run my code locally on port 80?

I want to do this so I can use localhost instead of localhost:8080.

Best Answer

Ports below 1024 are privileged, and cannot be bound to by anyone other than root. Since you can't run your IDE as root, I would set up an Nginx proxy going from port 80 to port 8080, should be easy to do, there are many tutorials =D