How to install the Google PageSpeed module on Apache

Google PageSpeed Insights analyses the performance of your website. Learn how to install and enable the Google PageSpeed module on an Apache web server on Linux to use the analytics tools.

What are the requirements for PageSpeed on Apache?

  • A cloud server with a Linux server operating system (CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian)
  • Apache installed and running
Note

Apache is installed and running on a standard Linux installation by default. If your server was created with the Minimal installation option, you will need to install and configure your Apache web server before you proceed.

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How to install the Google PageSpeed module on Ubuntu and Debian

First, update the server’s packages:

sudo apt-get update
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Download the PageSpeed module:

wget https://dl-ssl.google.com/dl/linux/direct/mod-pagespeed-stable_current_amd64.deb
bash
Note

If you are using a distribution with 32-bit architecture, the last part of the download link is as follows: ./mod-pagespeed-stable_current_i386.rpm.

Install Google PageSpeed:

sudo dpkg -i mod-pagespeed-*.deb
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Resolve any dependency problems:

sudo apt-get -f install
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Restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

sudo systemctl restart apache2
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How to install the Google PageSpeed module on CentOS and Fedora

First, update the server’s packages:

sudo yum update
bash

Download the PageSpeed module:

wget https://dl-ssl.google.com/dl/linux/direct/mod-pagespeed-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
bash
Note

In the case of a 32-bit system, the last part of the download link is as follows: ./mod-pagespeed-stable_current_i386.rpm.

Install Google PageSpeed:

sudo rpm -U mod-pagespeed-*.rpm
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Restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

sudo systemctl restart httpd
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How to enable the Apache PageSpeed module

Now that PageSpeed is installed, it will need to be enabled. Open the PageSpeed configuration file for editing:

  • Ubuntu/Debian: sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-available/pagespeed.conf
  • CentOS/Fedora: sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/pagespeed.conf

Add the following line to the top of the file:

ModPagespeed on
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Save and exit the file. Then restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

  • Ubuntu/Debian: sudo systemctl restart apache2
  • CentOS/Fedora: sudo systemctl restart httpd

If you want to disable PageSpeed, open the pagespeed.conf file again for editing and change the first line to:

ModPagespeed off
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Tip

There is also a free performance checking tool available from IONOS. In addition to the loading speed, the IONOS Website Checker also registers the website’s general settings as well as SEO aspects and its security.

Website Check
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