Sure Fix: XAMPP Port 80, 443 are in use on Skype

By: Daniel Segun
3 minute read
xampp port 80 443 in use by skype

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XAMPP is a cross-platform virtual web server used in web development. However, when trying to start XAMPP Control Panel, Apache is blocked from running while the following error messages comes up:

“Port 80 in use by “c:\program files (x86)\skype\phone\skype.exe”!

“Port 443 in use by “c:\program files (x86)\skype\phone\skype.exe”!

Meanwhile, this error is caused by other program using the ports allocated for XAMPP. Hence, Windows Report has come up with applicable solutions to fix this error problem.

Fix: XAMPP Port 80, 443 in use by Skype

  1. Stop conflicting programs
  2. Change XAMPP default ports

Solution 1: Stop conflicting programs

Windows users reported that stopping conflicting program prevented the Port 80, 443 in use by Skype problem. In addition, other conflicting programs include Skype, VMware Workstation, Microsoft Internet Server, TeamViewer, etc. Here’s how to stop Skype:

  1. Go to Start > Type “Task Manager”, and then hit the Enter button.xampp port 80 443 in use by skype
  2. Now, locate Skype (or the conflicting program) and click on it.
  3. Then, click on “End Process” option.
  4. Restart XAMPP Control Panel afterwards.

Note: This solution should fix the XAMPP Port 80, 443 in use by Skype problem. Alternatively, you may consider uninstalling the conflicting program if the problem persists. However, if not you may proceed to the next solution.

Solution 2: Change XAMPP default ports

Furthermore, you can reconfigure the XAMPP Apache server to listen and use different port numbers in order to fix XAMPP Port 80, 443 in use by Skype. Here’s how to do it:

  • xampp port 80 443 in use by skypeLaunch the XAMPP Control Panel, click the “Config” button next to Apache “Start” and “Admin” buttons, and then follow the prompt to open “httpd.conf” file.xampp port 80 443 in use by skype
  • Press “Ctrl” and “F” keys to use the search function. Search for “listen”. You’ll find two rows such as:


Listen 80xampp port 80 443 in use by skype

  • Hence, change the port number to another number e.g. port 8080


Listen 8080

  • Now, in the same httpd.conf file look for “ServerName localhost:” Set it to the new port number:

ServerName localhost:8080xampp port 80 443 in use by skype

  • Save and close the httpd.conf file.
  • Afterwards, click the Apache config button again next to Apache “Start” and “Admin” buttons and open the “httpd-ssl.conf” file.xampp port 80 443 in use by skype
  • In the httpd-ssl.conf file, search for “listen” again. You may find: “Listen 443”. Hence, change it to listen on a new port number of your choice. For instance:

Listen 1000xampp port 80 443 in use by skype

  • In the same httpd-ssl.conf file find another line that says, “<VirtualHost _default_:443>”. Change this to your new port number e.g. 1000
  • Also in the same httpd-ssl.conf you can find another line defining the port number. Search for “ServerName”, for instance:

ServerName or  ServerName localhost:433

Change this ServerName to your new port number.xampp port 80 443 in use by skype

  • Now, save and close the httpd-ssl.conf file.
  • Finally, click and open the “Config” button of your XAMPP Control Panel (this is above netshat button)xampp port 80 443 in use by skype
  • Now, click on the “Service and Port Settings” button. xampp port 80 443 in use by skype
  • Within it, click the “Apache” tab and enter and save the new port numbers in the “main port” and “SSL port” boxes. Afterwards, click save and close the config boxes.xampp port 80 443 in use by skype

Note: After following the steps above, you should restart XAMPP afterwards. Also, you may use any port numbers which you like as your new port numbers. Alternatively, you can also disable Skype from using the Ports 80 and 443 in the Settings option.

In conclusion, the solutions mentioned above are applicable in solving the XAMPP Port 80, 443 in use by Skype error problem. Feel free to comment below about your experiences in solving this error problem.


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