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OSX PHP Homebrew Setup

install php

with mysql pgsql intl support

$ brew install php --with-apache --with-mysql --with-pgsql --with-intl

set php timezone in php ini

date.timezone = Europe/Vienna

load php module in apache

in /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf add

LoadModule php5_module $FULLPATH/

fix pear permissions and config

$ chmod -R ug+w /usr/local/Cellar/php/5.3.10/lib/php
$ pear config-set php_ini /usr/local/etc/php.ini

install mysql

$ brew install mysql

install mysql default tables

$ unset TMPDIR
$ mysql_install_db --verbose --user=`whoami` --basedir="$(brew --prefix mysql)" --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql --tmpdir=/tmp    

set mysql up to start automatically on system boot:

$ mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
$ cp /usr/local/Cellar/mysql/5.5.10/com.mysql.mysqld.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
$ launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.mysql.mysqld.plist

Start mysql:

$ mysql.server start

install postgresql

$ brew install postgresql

initialize the DB

initdb /usr/local/var/postgres

add startup items

cp /usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/9.0.1/org.postgresql.postgres.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/org.postgresql.postgres.plist

start Postgres

pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres -l /usr/local/var/postgres/server.log start

install xdebug & apc

if you don't have autoconf (Xcode 4.3) install autoconf

$ brew install autoconf 

$ pecl installxdebug apc

xdebug setup

and change


xdebug.remote_enable = On
xdebug.remote_autostart = 1

install pear packages

php q/a tools

$ pear config-set auto_discover 1
$ pear install

this will install:

PHP_Depend, PHP_CodeSniffer, File_Iterator Text_Template, PHP_Timer, YAML, Console_CommandLine, Log, PHP_TokenStream, Base, PHP_PMD, PHP_CodeBrowser, PHP_CodeCoverage, PHPUnit_MockObject, ConsoleTools, PHPUnit, phpcpd, phploc, phpqatools

install phing

$ pear channel-discover
$ pear config-set preferred_state beta
$ pear install phing/phing
$ pear config-set preferred_state stable


gxela commented Nov 23, 2013


I am having some errors output from brew, when running install php:

  • Error: No available formula for php

Also there is a broken link to

jwigal commented Nov 25, 2013

@gxela you need to specify the specific version of php. like this:

brew install php54


brew install php 55

Where do I setup this xdebug stuff?

leegee commented Mar 5, 2014

If php is not included in httpd.conf, won't the user need to add AddType application/x-httpd-php .php ?


I had troubles with php56 and httpd installing with brew, I managed to get php working with apache by including a php.conf:

# PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language which attempts to make it
# easy for developers to write dynamically generated webpages.
<IfModule prefork.c>
  LoadModule php5_module modules/
<IfModule worker.c>
  LoadModule php5_module modules/

# Cause the PHP interpreter to handle files with a .php extension.
AddHandler php5-script .php
AddType text/html .php

# Add index.php to the list of files that will be served as directory
# indexes.
DirectoryIndex index.php

# Uncomment the following line to allow PHP to pretty-print .phps
# files as PHP source code:
#AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
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