How to Check if an Apache Module Has Been Loaded

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Sometimes it is useful in the Apache configuration httpd.conf file to only apply configuration settings if a particular module has already been loaded. Or it is useful to load settings in the event an Apache module has not been loaded. Here is how to handle both cases:

<IfModule module_identifier>
  # do these Apache settings if the module has already been loaded
<IfModule !module_identifier>
  # do these Apache settings if the module has NOT already been loaded

Here are some examples:

<IfModule !php5_module>
  # If the PHP5 module has NOT already been loaded, load it
  LoadModule php5_module modules/
<IfModule php5_module>
  # If the PHP5 module has already been loaded, then do these settings
  AddHandler php5-script .php
  AddType text/html .php
  DirectoryIndex index.php

The module_identifier argument can be either the module identifier or the file name of the module, at the time it was compiled. For example, rewrite_module is the identifier and mod_rewrite.c is the file name. If a module consists of several source files, use the name of the file containing the string STANDARD20_MODULE_STUFF. You can read more about the <IfModule> Apache directive in the Apache documentation.

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