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How do I setup php + My sql development environment in Ubuntu ?

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Someone flagged this for closure as 'not a real question', probably based on the second sentence. This answer may help with the first part, and you might edit out that second part and try it on one of the other SE sites? I'm choosing 'Leave open' based just on the first part. –  Tom Brossman Nov 25 '12 at 12:24
@Tom Brossman: Rollbacked, BTW I can't see any close votes on this question –  Tachyons Nov 25 '12 at 12:39
Its way to broad, isn't it? do you mean how you install LAMP? Or eclipse with PDT? Debugger? What have you tried/where are you stuck, what do you want exactly? –  Nanne Nov 25 '12 at 12:48
There are some good answers below. Are you not interested in the web server part and wanting to focus only on PHP and MySQL? –  Tom Brossman Dec 24 '12 at 10:20

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Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu Server

LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP.

Install an Apache2 webserver on an Ubuntu Server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

Installing MySQL 5

sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client

Installing Apache2

sudo apt-get install apache2

Apache's default document root is /var/www on Ubuntu, and the configuration file is /etc/apache2/apache2.conf. Additional configurations are stored in subdirectories of the /etc/apache2 directory such as /etc/apache2/mods-enabled (for Apache modules), /etc/apache2/sites-enabled (for virtual hosts), and /etc/apache2/conf.d.

Installing PHP5

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

We must restart Apache afterwards:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart OR sudo service apache2 restart

Getting MySQL Support In PHP5

To get MySQL support in PHP, we can install the php5-mysql package. It's a good idea to install some other PHP5 modules as well as you might need them for your applications. You can search for available PHP5 modules like this:

apt-cache search php5

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

sudo apt-get install php5-mysql php5-curl php5-gd php5-intl php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-ming php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl

Now restart Apache2:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart OR sudo service apache2 restart

Xcache is a free and open PHP opcode cacher for caching and optimizing PHP intermediate code. It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and APC. It is strongly recommended to have one of these installed to speed up your PHP page.

Xcache can be installed as follows:

sudo apt-get install php5-xcache

Now restart Apache:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart OR sudo service apache2 restart


phpMyAdmin is a web interface through which you can manage your MySQL databases.

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
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sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel
  • select LAMP
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Thanks for the answer, BTW How to run my first php script?. I am an absoulte noob in webdevelopment :) –  Tachyons Nov 25 '12 at 10:14
Open up Gedit. Type <?php phpinfo(); ?>. Save the file as info.php and put it in your /var/www directory. Then go to localhost/info.php in your browser and you will see your PHP details. Basically every PHP file works in the same way. However, a very smart cookie by the name of Alex has done a load of videos on Youtube as PHPacademy and for The New Boston. I suggest you start there and just ignore all the stuff about XAMPP. You have your server. –  Simon Hoare Nov 25 '12 at 10:31
you can do the same with the single command "sudo apt-get install lamp-server^" –  Vidyadhar Nov 25 '12 at 10:54
even better, Vidyadhar –  Simon Hoare Nov 25 '12 at 11:01

install php5, php5-mysql, and mysql-server with the following command

sudo apt-get install php5 php5-mysql mysql-server

If you will be hosting php5 applications on a web server, you may want to install apache and apache's php supporting module with the following command

sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php5
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Thanks for the answer, BTW How to run my first php script?. I am an absoulte noob in webdevelopment :) –  Tachyons Nov 25 '12 at 10:14

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