Serve on!...or serve off.

This small AppleScript can be placed in the Dock, allowing one-click launching and terminating of Apache. One caveat: In order for this to work, you have to edit /etc → sudoers to give yourself the ability to launch Apache without having to enter your password – see man sudoers for help with that process. That’s a potential security risk, but as I see it, it’s no riskier than allowing System Prefs to launch it via a button.

OS version: OS X

do shell script "sudo /usr/sbin/apachectl stop"
  if result = "/usr/sbin/apachectl stop: httpd (no pid file) ¬
  not running" then
    do shell script "sudo /usr/sbin/apachectl start"
    display dialog "Apache Started" with icon 2 buttons ¬
    {"OK"} giving up after 1
    display dialog "Apache Stopped" with icon 2 buttons ¬
    {"OK"} giving up after 1
  end if