Use PageSpeed with Apache

Check if PageSpeed is enabled

There are different ways to check if mod_pagespeed for Apache is already configured and running.

  • Check if the module and configuration files are active, by inspecting the /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf and looking for the following lines:

    Include conf/pagespeed.conf
    Include conf/pagespeed_libraries.conf

    The module will be located at /opt/bitnami/apache2/modules/

  • Check the source code of rendered application page. Images, CSS and JavaScript should appear in compressed form. For example, an image might be named sample.png.pagespeed.ic.ZWx38TQ7J5.png.

Check Pagespeed statistics

For security reasons, the PageSpeed application is accessible only when using as the hostname. To access it from other IP addresses, follow these steps:

  • Enable remote access by editing the /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/pagespeed.conf file, disabling URL rewriting and adding your IP address to the list of allowed IP addresses. Ensure that the final result looks like this:

    <Location /pagespeed_admin>
        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
          RewriteEngine Off
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from localhost
        Allow from
        Allow from SERVER-IP
        SetHandler pagespeed_admin

Make similar changes for the /pagespeed_console and /mod_pagespeed_message sections. On some versions, this is also called /mod_pagespeed_statistics.

  • Restart Apache to load the changes:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ restart apache

You should now be able to check PageSpeed statistics by browsing to http://SERVER-IP/pagespeed_admin. Here is an example of what you should see:

PageSpeed console

TIP: Alternatively, check PageSpeed statistics using an SSH tunnel.

Disable PageSpeed

To disable PageSpeed, follow these steps:

  • Comment out the following lines in the /opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf file:

    #Include conf/pagespeed.conf
    #Include conf/pagespeed_libraries.conf
  • Restart Apache:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ restart apache

Flush the PageSpeed cache

To flush the PageSpeed cache, follow these steps:

  • Execute this command:

    $ sudo touch /opt/bitnami/apache2/var/cache/mod_pagespeed/cache.flush
  • Restart Apache:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ restart apache
Last modification August 13, 2020