This post only covers the technical details of how to implement http/2 on an Apache web server running in Amazon Linux on Lightsail. It does not go into the details of what http/2 is or why use it. For that information, I suggest https://http2.github.io.
First you have to switch the Multi-Processing Modules (MPMs) from pre-fork (the default) to another one. I chose the event mpm for no particular reason.
To do this, edit /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d/00-mpm.conf and make the following changes …
Comment out the following line…
#LoadModule mpm_prefork_module modules/mod_mpm_prefork.so
… and uncomment the following line …
LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/mod_mpm_event.so
Next, you have to activate the http2 protocol. You can do this at the virtual host level or the server level.
I activated it at the server level by editing the /etc/http/conf/httpd.conf file and adding the following line…
Protocols h2 h2c http/1.1
After the changes are made, restart the server with the following command…
service httpd restart
Your apache server is now serving content using http/2.
You can verify that the server is handling http/2 by looking at the web server logs and looking for “HTTP/2.0”.
Something like this:
22.214.171.124 – – [07/Mar/2019:10:59:48 -0600] “GET / HTTP/2.0” 200 4646 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/72.0.3626.121 Safari/537.36”
NOTE: web crawlers (Google, Bing, etc) will continue to use http/1.1, so don’t worry about that.