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Install Apache, PHP, MySQL and phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X


Install homebrew:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

1. Enable Apache

Open Terminal and run the following Code: sudo apachectl start

Open your browser and access http://localhost. If it says It Works, then you are set otherwise see if your apachectl has started or not.

2. Enable PHP for Apache

Let's make a backup of the default Apache configuration. This will help you to cross check later what you changed or in case you want to restore the configuration to default.

cd /etc/apache2/
cp httpd.conf httpd.conf.bak

Now edit the httpd.conf with vi or any other text editor: vi httpd.conf

Now uncomment the following line (Remove #): LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/

Now Restart apache: sudo apachectl restart

3. Install MySQL

To install MySQL: brew install mysql

Install brew services now: brew tap homebrew/services

Now start MySQL: brew services start mysql

Now configure MySQL : mysql_secure_installation

  • Validate Password Plugin
  • Remove anonymous users
  • Disallow root login remotely
  • Remove test database and access to it
  • Reload privilege tables now - Choose yes

After finishing this up, test MySQL: mysql -uroot -p.

It will ask you write the password you set for mysql before. Enter password and then something like this appear:

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 3
Server version: 5.7.19 Homebrew

Copyright (c) 2000, 2017, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


4. Connect PHP and MySQL

Now we need to ensure PHP and MySQL:

cd /var
mkdir mysql
cd mysql
ln -s /tmp/mysql.sock mysql.sock

All your sites would have URLs like http://locahost/some-site pointing to /Library/WebServer/Documents/some-site.

Note on Permissions

You may recieve 403 forbidden when you visit your local site. The Apache user(_www) needs to have access to read, and sometimes write, your web directory.

You can either change permissions like this: chmod 755 directory/ or you can change the ownership of the directory to the apache user and group: chown -R _www:_www directory

5. Install PHPMyAdmin

This is optional. You can use MySQL through command line but this is a good way to administer MySQL. Download phpmyadmin from site.

cd /Library/WebServer/Documents/
tar -xvf ~/Downloads/phpMyAdmin-4.7.4-english.tar.gz
mv phpMyAdmin-4.7.4-english/ phpmyadmin
cd phpmyadmin

Done! Done! Done!

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