The frontend of Rocks 7.0 requires a web server to have rolls “installed” to download. If the frontend needs to be installed often, like for testing purposes in a local machine, then it is preferred to have a local roll-server.

Starting the web-server on MacOS Big Sur

Start the builtin Apache server

You should now be able to direct your browser to ‘localhost’ or ‘’ and see in the browser ‘ it works!’. The default Apache configuration reads from

Apple recommends to create a directory ‘Sites’ in your home account and run your local user website from there. However, that will not work for the rocks roll-server. We need to install it in the main sever. But first, let’s download rocks.

Downloading rocks

The iso-disk images can be downloaded from

Using wget, we can download the images

Creating the roll data

Next mount the disk by double-clicking it in the finder.

with for example output

Now mount the disk.

Copying the rpm’s from the disk to the web-server

Unmount and detached the disk.

Repeat this process for all the iso-images.

Setting up the web-server on MacOS Big Sur

Next the Apache server needs to setup as a rocks roll-server. First, edit the apache config file

Switch on cgi-capabilities, look the following section and uncomment the LoadModule lines.

Append to the file

Now restart the Apache web server

Testing the web setup

To test the setup, run

which should look like

Installing rocks using the local roll-server

For the selection of rolls, now point to the local roll-server

Rocks roll server
Rocks roll server found at

Select the rolls, and click ‘Add Selected Rolls’.

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