Lamp, Mamp and Wamp

16 May

LAMP is an acronym of Linux Apache, MySQL and PHP. MAMP is an acronym of Mac Apache, MySQL and PHP. And as expected WAMP is an acronym of Windows Apache, MySQL and PHP. They are a download which packages together Apache, MySQL and PHP and allow you to build and host websites locally. It is a totally free download which is shipped with PHPMyAdmin.


Install Apache

To start off we will install Apache.

1. Open up the Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).

2. Copy/Paste the following line of code into Terminal and then press enter:

sudo apt-get install apache2

3. The Terminal will then ask you for you’re password, type it and then press enter.

Testing Apache

To make sure everything installed correctly we will now test Apache to ensure it is working properly.

1. Open up any web browser and then enter the following into the web address:


You should see a folder entitled apache2-default/. Open it and you will see a message saying “It works!” , congrats to you!

Install PHP

In this part we will install PHP 5.

Step 1. Again open up the Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).

Step 2. Copy/Paste the following line into Terminal and press enter:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

Step 3. In order for PHP to work and be compatible with Apache we must restart it. Type the following code in Terminal to do this:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Test PHP

To ensure there are no issues with PHP let’s give it a quick test run.

Step 1. In the terminal copy/paste the following line:

sudo gedit /var/www/testphp.php

This will open up a file called phptest.php.

Step 2. Copy/Paste this line into the phptest file:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Step 3. Save and close the file.

Step 4. Now open you’re web browser and type the following into the web address:


Congrats you have now installed both Apache and PHP!

Install MySQL

To finish this guide up we will install MySQL. (Note – Out of Apache and PHP, MySQL is the most difficult to set up. I will provide some great resources for anyone having trouble at the end of this guide.)

Step 1. Once again open up the amazing Terminal and then copy/paste this line:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Step 2 (optional). In order for other computers on your network to view the server you have created, you must first edit the “Bind Address”. Begin by opening up Terminal to edit the my.cnf file.

gksudo gedit /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Change the line

bind-address =

And change the to your IP address.

Step 3. This is where things may start to get tricky. Begin by typing the following into Terminal:

mysql -u root

Following that copy/paste this line:

mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR ‘root’@’localhost’ = PASSWORD(‘yourpassword’);

(Make sure to change yourpassword to a password of your choice.)

Step 4. We are now going to install a program called phpMyAdmin which is an easy tool to edit your databases. Copy/paste the following line into Terminal:

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql phpmyadmin

After that is installed our next task is to get PHP to work with MySQL. To do this we will need to open a file entitled php.ini. To open it type the following:

gksudo gedit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

Now we are going to have to uncomment the following line by taking out the semicolon (;).

Change this line:


To look like this:

Now just restart Apache and you are all set!

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

There you go you have installed LAMP in Ubuntu.


  1. Locate the downloaded set up file and double-click on it. You will be faced with an alert window warning you not to upgrade from WAMP5 1.x. Click on Yes to continueInstalling WAMP 2.0 - Alert Screen Image
  2. The Welcome setup window will load. Click on Next to proceedInstalling WAMP 2.0 - Welcome Screen Image
  3. On the License Agreement screen select the radio button for I accept the agreement then click on NextInstalling WAMP 2.0 - License Screen Image
  4. The Select Destination Location screen will load. Change the default location if you desire then click on NextInstalling WAMP 2.0 - Destination Screen Image
  5. Now the Select Additional Tasks screen is loaded. Select the checkboxes for any icons you want installing then click on NextInstalling WAMP 2.0 - Additional Tasks Screen Image
  6. You will be faced with the Ready to Install screen. Review the settings and use the Back button to go back and change any of the settings. If the settings are correct, click on Install to install WAMP 2.0WAMP 2.0 Installing - Review Settings Screen Image
  7. If you have Mozilla Firefox installed on your PC, you may be faced with the following window that prompts whether you want FireFox to be your default browser, so select the appropriate choiceInstalling WAMP 2.0 - Firefox Screen Image
  8. The PHP mail parameters screen will load. Review the default settings and change accordingly then click on Next. The default values can generally be used when installing WAMP 2.o to a local PCInstalling WAMP 2.0 - PHP Mail Screen Image
  9. The final screen to load is the installation completed screen. Click on Finish to close the window and start WAMPInstalling WAMP 2.0 - Completion Screen Image
  10. WAMP 2.0 is started. The WampServer icon is loaded onto the system trayInstalling WAMP 2.0  - System Tray Icon Image


Sadly I don’t have my Mac right now so here is a guide.


2 Responses to “Lamp, Mamp and Wamp”

  1. diopweb October 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    You have forgoten to add this line to your Apache configuration file ( /etc/apache2/apache2.conf ):

    Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

    Restart Apache ( sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart ) and go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin

  2. Andy October 28, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    Pretty good instructions for Linux. I installed on Ubuntu 14.04 and there were 2 differences from your instructions:
    1. The root directory for putting the test.php file is /var/www/html/
    2. The mySQL install already asked me to set a password, so the mysql -u root command failed. I skipped this step.

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