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Google PageSpeed Apache Module on Ubuntu Server

From Adminbuntu, Everything for the Ubuntu Server Administrator

This is an excerpt from Adminbuntu, a site for Ubuntu Server administrators:

PageSpeed speeds up your website and reduces page load time. The PageSpeed Apache module automatically applies web performance best practices to pages and assets like CSS, JavaScript and images, without requiring site modification.

PageSpeed Project Page:


Determine Whether 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu Server is Installed

if [[ `uname -a` == *_64* ]] ; then echo '64-bit' ; else echo '32-bit' ; fi

Download the PageSpeed Apache Module

  • Using your web browser, navigate to
  • Look on the right side of the page, under Latest Stable Version and right-click on either the 32-bit or 64-bit .deb package (based on whether you are running 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu Server. Select Copy Link Address to get the download link in your clipboard.
    In your server’s terminal use wget to download the module.

This this example, the link for the 32-bit .deb file is


Install the PageSpeed Apache Module

sudo dpkg -i mod-pagespeed-*.deb
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo service apache2 restart

Test Installation

You can verify that the PageSpeed module is installed and enabled with:

[[ -a '/etc/apache2/mods-enabled/pagespeed.conf' ]] ; then echo 'pagespeed is enabled' ; else echo 'pagespeed is not enabled' ; fi

Flushing PageSpeed Server-Side Cache

When developing web pages with PageSpeed enabled, it is sometimes necessary to flush the server’s PageSpeed cache to get the system to reload CSS or JavaScript files that have been updated before the cache lifetime expires.

To do this, touch the file cache.flush:

sudo touch /var/cache/mod_pagespeed/cache.flush