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 Installing LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) On Linux Mint

Installing LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) On Linux Mint

Through this tutorial, you'll learn how to Install Apache, MySQL and PHP.

If you're a webpage designer or developer and use PHP, mySQL and Apache, you'll be needing these applications to be installed. When I istalled Mint, I was looking for a way to install LAMP and found a tutorial on a website by somebody named "Cargoship". That tutorial was for ubuntu. But I installed it on my Linux mint, and it is working.



In this guide I will show you how to install a LAMP system. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. The guide is intended to help those who have very little knowlegde of using Linux.


We will not cover how to install Linux the L of LAMP, because Linux Mint is already installed in your computer.


Install Apache

To start off we will install Apache.

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

2. Copy/Paste or type 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! or something like that!


Install PHP

In this part we will install PHP 5.

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

Step 2. Copy/Paste or type 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 Apache. 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 or type the following line:

sudo gedit /var/www/testphp.php

This will open up a file called testphp.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:



(It will show you the page that has all information about your php. If you have prior experience of installing php in some other OS, you must have seen this page.)

Congrats you have now installed both Apache and PHP!


Install MySQL

To finish this guide up we will install MySQL.

Step 1. Once again open up the amazing Terminal and then copy/paste or type 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.

(In Linux Mint 11, terminal itself asked to the set password, But if it doesn't follow the step 3.)

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 or type 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 or type 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


If you get a 404 error upon visiting http://localhost/phpmyadmin: You will need to configure apache2.conf to work with Phpmyadmin.

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Include the following line at the bottom of the file, save and quit.

Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf


Then just restart Apache

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart





Now make wonderful website and have fun!wink

Terminal scares the newbies, but here, you'll see how magical terminal or comand promt (whatever you call it) is.

And as Linux is very secure OS, it'll ask you the password again and again, on every administrative command. You'll have to type in your password many times, whenever terminal asks for it.


The End

Tags: terminal, gedit, browser (firefox).
Created: 4 years ago.
Last edited: 3 years ago.
Reviewed: 4 years ago.
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1 month ago

Worked perfect! Thanks a lot! I just had to move the testphp.php to the html folder, then it worked! ;-)  
1 month ago

This tutorial really helped me but I found some things needed changing slightly when working with Linux Mint 17.3, and also some explanation of permissions with the /var/www folder would have helped me. I've posted my own notes here in case it helps anybody else:
1 month ago

testphp.php should be in /var/www/html

That's not quite true, it depends on the DocumentRoot in apache2 site configuration.

If you define DocumentRoot as /var/www then it will be /var/www not /var/www/html.
2 months ago

Thank you! The only variance I found was that testphp.php should be in /var/www/html rather than in just /var/www

Cheers and happy holidays!
2 months ago

Perfect!!! Big post.  
3 months ago

thank you, that what i am searching for long time :D  
4 months ago

p.s. this is to address error when trying http://localhost/testphp.php  
4 months ago

if you followed these instructions and get 404 error after installing php, try this... sudo mv /var/www/testphp.php /var/www/html/testphp.php  
4 months ago

Thank you!! so straight forward to follow. The part with should be on the machine I am running that worked.  
6 months ago

hola , instale y al momento de hacer la prueba del php , me sale error404  
6 months ago

Oops, Mint Mate 17.2 Rafaela is my distribution.

By the way, when you type "localhost" to test the apache installation, it will go to the file /var/www/html/index.html - only firefox does not show the complete url in the browser bar - that is why it is easy to overlook, where the root of the webserver is ...

I guess it took me a two or three hours trying various other options, before I found the solution. My guess is that the apache directory for web root changed a while ago, and so this looks as if php install is not working, but it is. If the writer of this tutorial mysoomro could change it to the new root, that could be most useful ...
6 months ago

HOW TO FIX "The requested URL /phpMyAdmin was not found on this server."

I hit the obstacle, that in the above instruction the test file is not created in the directory, where the apache server has its root ...

The root is not in /var/www - but in /var/www/html !!
This can be seen or set differently in the /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf file, where apache gets its directions from.

That cannot work, right? Either create the file in the test procedure above in the right directory, or copy it with sudo cp into the root directory /var/www/html ...

Happily found that one out, so simple. Did not find that hint on the web, so I wanted to add it here. Maybe others can benefit from it. Go mint.

sudo gedit /var/www/html/testphp.php

Or copy the file testphp.php into the directory "html"
This is the root directory for the apache server - at least it was in my MATE 14.2 installation, when I had followed all of the above steps.

6 months ago

Thanks pal, nice topic. Works fine in Rafaela  
8 months ago

I've done it all. Edited the apache2.conf, created a symbolic link to /usr/share/phpmyadmin in /var/www/html, reconfigured phpmyadmin, but I still get a 'Not Found' error. Oh, Windows 7, why did I desert you?  
9 months ago

Thanks for the instructions. Was able to successfully do it. Still getting the message when restarting my apache though but am not sure how serious it is. Tried the fixes listed below to no avail.

Thanks for the detailed instructions.
9 months ago

Thank you. Well done !

Mint 17.1 Rebecca

It is very clear and easy to follow.

Really looking forward to a long friendship with Linux Mint..
10 months ago

Tnx very helpfull 2
10 months ago

Tnx very helpfull
10 months ago

Hi, @mysoonro thank's lot , i just installed lamp on mint 17.1 , it work's but for me too , the Default folder is /var/www/html/ like for @peppecarto & @lhs182 
how can i change it to /war/www ??
11 months ago

Hi, good but needs to be updated and a number of changes for mine to work.
I'm not sure how or if I'm allowed to edit this walkthrough to correct it?
1 year ago

@mysoomro i just installed lamp on a fresh install of mint 17.1.
Yes, as @lhs182 said, default folder (for me) is /var/www/html/
1 year ago

I'm running Mint 17 and I'm a newbie.

- I substituted KATE in, for gedit, for editing config files (I started KATE in a root terminal).
- Also, it appears that root passwords are now requested by SQL on installation.

Other than that, your process was straight forward and worked fine. I learned a few little tid bits in the process as well.
Thanks for the tutorial and, more importantly, for the time you spent on writing it.

1 year ago

Very helpful instructions. Thank you!  
1 year ago

Isn't it easier to just use the Software Manager to install the components. That just leaves testing that the install worked, setting the mySQL root password and any configuration file changes.

I'm not criticizing the tutorial, just suggesting that rather than using APT directly, it may be easier to use the Software Manager.
1 year ago

I'm so sorry guys for being absent for a long time.
actually I'm stuck somewhere else.
Only can see the notification when someone sends me a message...
@lhs182 about it. are you sure this has permanently changed for all mints??
I haven't checked it. And if we change it we have to be positive that it has changed or it'll create some problem for other people.
1 year ago

why is gksudo gedit /etc/mysql/my.cnf used instead of simply sudo vi /etc/mysql/my.cnf ? Is there a reason or they are interchangeable on this occasion? Thanks for the tutorial.  
1 year ago

Thanks a lot! This was great!!! Very easy and fast.

Just the sudo gedit /var/www/testphp.php, in my case, I had to put the testphp.php inside the /var/www/html to work

1 year ago

Thank you!  
1 year ago

Thank you mysoomro.

I successfully installed LAMP with this tutorial. It saved me a lot of time. God bless you.

Still I was short on understanding the server configurations. For any others facing the situation, the following guide helped me -

Go through the steps after installation and you must understand which configuration files do what.

And for the log files, the following

Warning though...The location of log files may vary in Mint
1 year ago


Check the permissions of the files in /etc/apache2 using "ls -l" from a terminal window (of course, you have to be *inside* the directory for that to help you! :-) )

If the "httpd.conf" file's permissions are different, make them the same and then try again.

Another note that I discovered while trying to install WordPress, (and this may be the same for other installed apps in your web server's "www" directory).
**You must change the user and group of all these files to be the default "apache2" user, or you will get strange and bizarre errors involving permissions.

The way you do this is:
First: Go to your /etc/apache2 directory and there should be an apache2.conf file there.
(Note that I do **NOT** have my box up or open right now, so I am doing this from memory!!)

Second: Somewhere in that file, down near the bottom I think, should be something that mentions the default user name. In my case it was something like "www_data" or "www_user" (or something like that, again, I'm doing this from memory)

Third: Once you discover what that default user is, chown everything in your /var/www directory - and all subdirectories - to that user.

Viz.: (as root, or "sudo" all these commands)
"cd /var/www" (or wherever your web root directory is.)

Note that before executing the next command, you **must** be within the /var/www directory, or wherever your web root directory is!

"chown -R www_data:www_data ./*"

The "-R" tells chown (change owner) to recursively go into every sub-directory and make changes there too.

The "www_data:www_data" tells chown to change the user:group to www_data, or whatever your apache default user is, though my money's on it being something like "www_data"

The "./*" part tells chown to start *in the current directory*, and change *everything there* If you remember, the "-R" tells it to keep going into all the sub-directories underneath "./" - the current directory - and change that stuff too.

Bottom line, if you run into weird issues, make sure you check ownership and permissions in each directory for all files you make, since "sudo" and root make files with "root:root" as the owner.

What say ye?

Jim (JR)
1 year ago

PS I since learned that 'gedit' wasn't installed so installed it and followed the instructions as written, specifically typed "sudo gedit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf" into Terminal, and that opened a blank file called "httpd.conf" into which I typed "ServerName myservername", saved and closed the file. Then re-started apache2 ... same ugly message.  
1 year ago

Unfortunately I can't get past Step 3 of Install PHP and getting the message "sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart * Restarting web server apache2 AH00558: apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using Set the 'ServerName' directive globally to suppress this message".
Following @jharris1993 's tip, type in "sudo gedit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf" I get the result "sudo: gedit: command not found"

Any suggestions? BTW, I'm running Linuxmint 16.

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
sudo: gedit: command not found
1 year ago

This was a very helpful set of notes, including the recent comments @jharris1993 which I also read through first before beginning the install.

I did not have any major problems with installing the following stack.

Linux Mint 16
Apache 2.4.6
MySQL 5.5
PHP 5.5.3-1ubuntu2.3

Here are a few notes, some reiterating what other commenters have already said but still current as of the above versions.

I'm very new to Linux, so I'd appreciate others correcting my misunderstandings of how things work under the hood.

(a) Enabling the PHP extension

Installing MySQL 5.5 appears to take care of this through the *.ini files found in /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d so that there's no need to hand edit the php.ini file to activate this extension as well as others.

(b) libapache2-mod-auth-mysql "is not available ..."

While installing phpMyAdmin using the command,

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

got the error msg that libapache2-mod-auth-mysql "is not available ..." etc etc.

So I installed without it. So far the stack seems to be working fine without that package.

(c) Browsing to the url http://localhost/phpmyadmin

Installing phpMyAdmin apparently created the file


which aliases the url to /usr/share/phpmyadmin

(d) Setting the MySQL root password.

During the install of MySQL, a keyboard-based dialog box popped up in the terminal window to prompt for a password for the root user. So there's no need at all to set the password after the install by using the mysql command line utility.

A very nicely written tutorial with some good details and explanations.
1 year ago

First, I owe you, bigtime! I've been trying to bring up a LAMP server on Mint-13 (Mate, 64 bit) for about two days or so, and was getting nothing but grief. Then I found your tutorial and I accomplished more in two hours than I had in the previous two days!!

A couple of additional notes that you might want to include:

1. I did the steps in ths tutorial *before performing ANY updates* on my system after a fresh install, since I noticed that the update mamager wanted to update Apache2 - and I didn't know if that would help or hinder. Maybe it does not matter, maybe it does, I don't know. What I *DO* know is that it worked when I did it this way.

2. After installing Apache2, it's a virtual certenty that you will get a "Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName" error.

The fix is easy, just "sudo gedit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf", and add the one line "ServerName (whatever your hostname is)". Don't include the quotes, (Doh!), and replace "(whatever your hostname is)" with the name you gave to your computer when you set it up. If you don't remember, just type "hostname" in a terminal window, and it will tell you.

Restart Apache2 and this annoying warning goes away.

3. In my case, (Mint 13, Mate), there was no need to edit the /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini file. The commented line was not there, and apparently was not needed, since phpAdmin works anyway.

4. When you go to install phpMyAdmin, it will ask you to create a database for phpMyAdmin to play with, and I selected "Yes". It asks for the password for the "administrative user" - and it sounds like it wants to create another password for yet another user. What it *really* wants is the password you created for the root user when you installed MySQL. If you get this wrong, you get a really scary warning. If you get that warning, just allow it to "retry", and carefully type in the root password you created before.

5. I did not have to do anything to configure Apache2 to work with phpMyAdmin. It worked wonderfully right out of the box.

6. I noticed that phpMyAdmin *does not require any credentials* to access the MySQL databases! Maybe that's a result of the database I created before, I don't know. It *IS* scary!

In any event, I feel like I should send you a case of the finest Kentucky Sour-Mash Bourbon Wiskey - you saved me so much grief!

Thanks a LOT!

Jim (J.R.)
1 year ago

Good tutorial. Don't know how about others but in my case I had to use argument "-p": mysql -u root -p (Installing MySql step3), otherwise You should get this: 'ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)'.  
1 year ago

It worked for me...Thanx  
1 year ago

@Felicity Google is your friend. Please learn how to use it.  
1 year ago

Thanks a lot for the instructions, really easy to follow. But I have a problem at the 4th step. Any hint?

Package libapache2-mod-auth-mysql is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'libapache2-mod-auth-mysql' has no installation candidate

My OS Is Linux Mint Cinnamon 64b
1 year ago

Thanks this is great, but I only needed apache. I never use the phpmyadmin and sql stuff online. I just write html and add my content through the /var/www/ folder on the drive of the server. I appreciate your great article though  
1 year ago

Thank you!It's useful.  
2 years ago

Excellent help file this is the kind of Initiative that make the diffrence between success and non life satfication .

A+A =A over A
2 years ago

Best tutorial I have found yet for installing a LAMP stack. Thank you!  
2 years ago

Thank you. Followed this tutorial and could setup LAMP. Works OK.  
2 years ago

On fresh LM16 I've the libapache2-mod-auth-mysql install give me a notice : "Aucune version du paquet libapache2-mod-auth-mysql n'est disponible, mais il existe dans la base de données. Cela signifie en général que le paquet est manquant, qu'il est devenu obsolète ou qu'il n'est disponible que sur une autre source" = Deprecated .. But phpmyadmin install ok so ...
Thanks for this tut man ;)
2 years ago

Sorry, fixed the problem myself.
I was having a problem this line
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql phpmyadmin
And in particular libapache2-mod-auth-mysql so I split it in to
sudo apt-get install php5-mysql
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
(deliberately left out libapache2-mod-auth-mysql)
The stupid part was that I somehow forgot the phpmyadmin bit! *facepalm*

Thanks though!
2 years ago

Really great tutorial but unfortunately I've fallen at the final hurdle.
I was getting the 404 error when I started phpmyadmin after restarting apache so I edited the apache2.conf file as shown above however when I restart now, I get this:
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
* Restarting web server apache2 [fail]
* The apache2 configtest failed.
Output of config test was:
apache2: Syntax error on line 223 of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: Could not open configuration file /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf: No such file or directory
Action 'configtest' failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.

I'm on an x64 build of LM16 if that makes any difference?
2 years ago

REALLY WELL MADE AND WRITTEN ! ESAY but NOT trivial !! thk u !  
2 years ago

Thanks for this tutorial -- I'm now able to learn PHP with MySQL. However, I just installed another application that requires a curl extension for PHP. The extension is installed but apparently PHP doesn't see it. It says to recompile PHP from source using '--with-curl' when you run configure. Must I uninstall PHP and install from source to accomplish this?  
2 years ago

Yep, this worked well so far for me, Thankyou.  
2 years ago

It's very usefull for me, thank you. i use pluma for text editor to create testphp.php file.  
2 years ago

nicely done, thank you. It is now installed on:

linux mint 15 cinnamon 1.8 olivia
512 mb ram
3ghz intel
80gb hd
2 years ago

Thank you. It's very useful.  
2 years ago

This was excellent, I had no problems at all following you. Thanks  
2 years ago

Very Helpful! Thanks!  
2 years ago

You're Most Welcome All. :-)  
2 years ago

Perfect !  
2 years ago

Men hello from Colombia and thank you so much!!!

It helped me a lot and now I can build web sites with Joomla in my Linux mint!!!

Thanks again!!! Cheers!!!
2 years ago

Excellent tutorial. Thanks.  
2 years ago

greate and usefull.
cheers ^^
2 years ago

It's very helpful :)
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing that great was really staight forward steps
2 years ago

Awesome Tutorial dude. Thank you so much.  
2 years ago

Nice tutorial Keep updating.  
2 years ago

@rickrick2014: It's not possible unless someone hacks your computer. And Linux is quite secure systme so hacking it is not that easy.

@nisan92: I guess @Chet replied to your question very well.
2 years ago

Thank you for this nice tutorial! I created an installation script based on this tutorial that can be used to install the LAMP system in a semi-automatic fashion. I tested the script using a clean Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS x64 installation as well as a Linux Mint 15 x64 installation. Here it is:
2 years ago

Thanks!! this is a very good tutorial  
2 years ago

Is there a reason that this I would prefere this well documented method v. 'sudo apt-get install tasksel' and select LAMP-server in Tasksel?  
2 years ago

Thank you @mysoomro for the tutorial. It really help me. I am looking forward how to setup correction virtual host on linux mint 15 mate edition.  
2 years ago

All good
thanks for the tutorial, pretty straightforward and funcional

now i'll try to put the open ssl libraries to work
2 years ago

All went well untill:
mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourpassword');
I only could give in my password without the ( )
I could read: bash: syntax error near unexpected token '('
In the PHP.ini I couldn't find a line with ;

when I restarted Apache2 I read: could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for servername.
But I had changed that address in my.cnf
I am an new user of LINUX Mint 14 Nadia what did I do wrong?
2 years ago

thanks a lot!!!
2 years ago

Concise, clear and effective. My gratitude to you sir.
2 years ago

excellent tutorial ..thanks to document and share same  
2 years ago

I've fixed some apache packet errors by "apt-get update".
I haven't edited php ini because it didn't exist and the files in etc/php5/apache2/conf.d seems already enabled mysql support.
Phpmyadmin installation also asks for a password. I've given the same password as mysql/root

Well done, good tutorial.
2 years ago

Hi Nisan92,

After you complete the above tutorial, you will now have a new folder called /var/www/. This is where you will put your site. I personally use the LAMP stack to run a local version of Wordpress on my machine.

I install the latest version of Wordpress right in the folder /var/www/.

I can then build the site and test various code changes and plugins "before" I FTP the site up to my web server. I hope this answers your questions.
2 years ago

I have installed them all, And Now i want to open a site through...
Where i have to keep my pages??
Do i have to do anything else?
2 years ago

I haven't edited any customization files. Can somebody get an access to my server from the Internet? I need the server only for a php programming so i don't want somebody from the internet has the access to my server.  
2 years ago

Thank you. Very usefull  
2 years ago

I'm happy that some of you people found this tutorial helpful. And I'm sorry for the problems or differences that some of you have faced.
I've been busy lately and haven't updated the tutorial..
3 years ago

how to install multipl versions of php, or apache, or mysql?
and enable as requird like wamp server addons?
3 years ago

I found this very helpful.
There were a few instances where the tutorial didn't match up exactly with what I saw on my machine, but I was able to work around them.

eg 1 - when I installed MySQL from the command line, it failed ."..unable to fetch some archives...suggest you run (sudo) apt-get update"
The apt-get update seemed to be OK, but the tests later showed that MySQL was not present on my PC. So I took the easy way out and installed from the package manager, which worked with no problems.
eg 2 The tutorial recommends some changes to the phpini file to work with SQL, but my phpini file is not as described. Hope it doesn't matter, or I can fix it.
3 years ago

Ho! here is what I get when testing :

Index of /

Name Last modified Size Description
3 years ago

This tutorial is great, just found it and can't wait to try reinstalling. I just started and can't get the ''it works!'' page from apache2... I had to restart from scratch and think I might have messed up with some documents perhaps host and hostnames, i don't know what I should do. anyone can help?  
3 years ago

Thanks for the clear instructions.

I installed Apache2 through webmin; the command line supplied by webmin was:
apt-get -y --force-yes -f install apache2
No password was requested, but the installation went fine since I got "It works!".
How could I make sure that there is a password and that it is not some kind of default password?
3 years ago

Thank you very much for the guide  
3 years ago

3 years ago

Thank you very much. This tutorial saved me a lot of time.  
3 years ago

Thanks for you comments and support.
@burin never heard anything as you said before. naming files as something.php5.
3 years ago

if take permisson(write/read) error than use this

sudo chown -R /var/www
3 years ago

Not all worked excatly like u said, but easy to fine the good way.

Thanks for this tutorial.

[Test on Mint Nadia MATE]
3 years ago

To my machine I need to name it something.php5 instead of something.php or it won't work.I don't know why.(Mint 14 Cinnemon x64)  
3 years ago

Excellent instructions - worked like a charm. I also learned that using the command line (apt) is better than using the Software Manger GUI that comes w/ LMDE. I tried it via the GUI first and had problems getting phpMyAdmin installed cleanly (the GUI doesn't prompt for server or phpmyadmin setup). Thanks again!  
3 years ago

Thanks! Worked for LM13.  
3 years ago

I'm getting this when I try to login: Connection for controluser as defined in your configuration failed.  
3 years ago

Using your guide I was able to do almost everything, however I cannot login to the phpMyAdmin page with the user "root"...I've tried to reset the password but it's not doing anything....where should I look to either set that password or turn off the password?  
3 years ago

You're welcome! :)  
3 years ago

Thanks a lot for this helpful tutorial.  
3 years ago

Thank you, it's really works.  
3 years ago

3 years ago

Thanks! :)  
3 years ago

Good one thanks
3 years ago

3 years ago

The install worked great. However, I'm getting 403 forbidden errors trying to retrieve such things as my style sheets or jquery files. How can I grant access to the var\www directory to my pages, or is there some other directory I can put them?  
3 years ago

@Meshy112: Check my comment on this page addressed to Mark about a year ago..  
3 years ago

Thx. It's very helpful. But how I can comminucate with my ftp-server. Do i need to also install a ftp? Where can i get the data for connection with filezilla to the local-host? Server, username, password, port?  
3 years ago

you're welcome :)  
3 years ago

great tutorial man ! seriously..
took me just 10 mins :)
thanks !
3 years ago

@artyart: Agreed. There are minor differences. The first time I installed LAMP the prompts were mostly as mentioned above the second time I installed they were slightly different.
But they don't create any big confusion..
3 years ago

Nice job, thanks some of the prompts about passwords and making a new db are a little different in lm13, but the install is very clear and makes this a simple task.
3 years ago

You're most welcome @thanh4890, @kyousanzo, @bobbilob and @Hiuhu.. :)  
3 years ago

Thanks, it worked like a charm!  
3 years ago

thanks for info :D  
3 years ago

I tried to a LAMP stack on Ubuntu with repeated frustration. Tried Mint and followed your tutorial with success!
Linuxmint 13 Maya comes with pluma rather than gedit, so a substitution was needed. Substitution also works for bluefish (my favourite) but generates some error messages.
3 years ago

Oh tnanx it worked  
3 years ago

Where are you saving those .php files??
Make sure to save them in the Root > var > www ...
3 years ago

I followed those instructions & did exactly what you said but now when I try a file with a .php extension it, the browser downloads it instead of loading it what could be the problem ? (thnx)  
3 years ago

You're welcome!!  
3 years ago

Thanks, very helpful one.  
3 years ago

Sorry for late reply. I couldn't sign in for sometime.
@Harri-P: You're most welcome! :-)
@sapistic: I guess stleon gave you a good help. And for for uploading the files to your website you need to use an ftp(file transfer protocol) client. Use filezilla for it. You can install it with following command in your terminal

sudo apt-get install filezilla

or you can download it from this link:
just click on install. :-)
@stleon: thanks buddy! :-)
3 years ago

3 years ago

/var/www by root. or in your home directory(  
3 years ago

So I got all this, but now I want to make a website. I have a basic knowledge of web languages, including PHP, but once I have my files, where do I save them so that Apache and PHP have access to them?  
3 years ago

Thank you so much for this! Was brilliant explanation and really clear. I remember trying to do it before and was not looking forward to doing it again but i had done it within 20mins with this! thanks  
3 years ago

you're most welcome stleon...  
3 years ago

Thank you very much for the wonderful tutorial.  
3 years ago

@gdawn: check these out and see if they're helpful.

MySQL: Error 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘root’@'localhost’ (using password: NO):

3 years ago

While attempting to install mysql I get the following error:
jane@gdawg-Satellite-C675 ~ $ mysql -u root
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

I also tried 'sudo mysql -u root' but got same result. Any help will be appreciated.
4 years ago

@cahyadwiguna: Check this tutorial. I think you'll find help in it.
4 years ago

@minx, Did you changed you httpd-vhosts.conf file?
if you didn't, you need to specify your virtual hosts there, something like following
##ServerAdmin postmaster@yourvirtualhost.localhost
##DocumentRoot "/var/www/yourvirtualhost"
##ServerName yourvirtualhost.localhost
##ServerAlias www.yourvirtualhost.localhost
##ErrorLog "logs/yourvirtualhost.localhost-error.log"
##CustomLog "logs/yourvirtualhost.localhost-access.log" combined

You can find location of httpd-vhosts.conf file from httd.conf it is normally in apache/conf/extra.
4 years ago

How to use virtual hosts in Apache? I followed a tutorial of ubuntu and i have activated vhost_alias module but it does not work.
4 years ago

I think is important fix this on apache restart:
Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName
Is just a warning but i hate see them! :P
To solve it, open /etc/apache2/site-avaiable/default and att at top of file ServerName localhost.
If you like it add this tips in this article!
4 years ago

how to make virtual directory or /var/www in home?
how to make change permission?
4 years ago

Great write up - thanks!  
4 years ago

Hey mk_hayes and the64u.. I'll look into other question and comments later on. But mk_hayes you're right for

<?php phpinfo(); ?>
<!--?php phpinfo(); ?-->

But I noticed this error long ago and corrected it twice.. If you look at the older comments you'll find out.. But I don't know why it's changing again and again. I think some other codes are messing up with the codes in this tutorial..

Sorry for inconvenience.
4 years ago

Thanks for this tutorial as it's a great start but it needs a few additions.

Yeah, Test PHP instructions are still, or perhaps again screwy.

sudo gedit /var/www/testphp.php opens up a file called testphp.php, not phptest.php as you have written. And the file needs to contain this:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

not this:

<!--?php phpinfo(); ?-->

And for those looking for ; in php.ini
search for this without the ; as it is spaced well apart from the rest and you'll be able to find and uncomment it. (Which is what removing the semicolon does.)

I needed manuka's comment to get phpmyadmin to work. Also, while it may seem obvious, phpmyadmin login is root plus the password created during the mysql install.
4 years ago


i work on LAMP last 3 Days.
I m working Linux Mint Katya 32bit
i also tries Mint community, ther Mr Collin helped me..

I want create DB for Drupal

But face probelem in log in of localhots/phpmyadmin
error : #1045 Cannot log in to the MySQL server

when i found i completely remove the mysql-server, PHP5,Apache2
and then follow the instruction given by u.
Start was ok,but the commend does not show any thing
After that there is no content for ;

i still finding another solution..

Help me to sort out..

4 years ago

Thanks for the very helpful article:)  
4 years ago

you're most welcome. :-)  
4 years ago

Thank's for this tutorial...& very useful&helpful;.  
4 years ago

thanks so much bro this is really awesome  
4 years ago

Dear Bob,
You're most welcome. I'm glad that this tutorial is assisting the Linuxmint community.

4 years ago

Dear Mark,

Try using SCP Client for Mac
or filezilla or cyberduck.

If you want to setup FTP following link might help you in this regard.
4 years ago

Thanks mysoomro, that got it all set up nicely on Mint.

Got a question though, how can I set up FTP accounts within Mint/LAMP to allow access (uploading of files {plugins etc for the wordpress sites on there} for use on them - I also have this installed on a local PC, but do my site coding in Dreamweaver on a mac (on same local network).

Thank again. Mark
4 years ago

Thanks a lot.
Just managed to install Apache, MySQL and PHP following your tutorial.
4 years ago

This is a step a lot of LAMP tuts miss, if you are getting a 404 error after finishing all the install steps for http://localhost/phpmyadmin then do the following:

Type the following command to open up your apache2.conf file:
gksudo gedit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Add the following line of code inside apache2.conf:
Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Now restart Apache:
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Done. I can't claim credit for this and is documented on a few LAMP installs round the place
4 years ago

How to install pear-php, i bought a bock named Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce  
4 years ago

Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. Although I use Xampp for it. But for my 64bit PC, I think it's the best way.
And dear Gurman, you can try installing Xampp for Linux which is a package containing the same and requires less command line.
4 years ago

Dear Gurman! try using these terminal commands you'll see if it's more complex or really fast, easy and convenient. With just one command, it'll locate the site of the application on web, download it for you, and Install it.. All in one go.. What can me more easy and convenient than this.. And I don't agree with you.. Web page developers and designers do need to code a lot.. May be only graphical part doesn't need coding but all other stuff needs a lot of code. PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, XHTML, XML, ASP.NET, JavaScript, all are code based technologies.. Though you can use GUI phpmyadmin for MySQL, but all other still need codings.  
4 years ago

"If you're a webpage designer or developer..."
If I am a webpage designer or developer I do not want to understand the complexities of command line. I need a modern graphical interface for fast and convenient installation and configuration.The designer should be able to do the design but not programming shell. imho.
4 years ago

IMO, for silly noobs aka beginners it's better instead Apache, use rather other web server, a nice GUI configured one -> 'Cherokee' :D or another powerful one - 'lighttpd' ;)
Think about that :P
4 years ago

Thanx to trollboy and thanx to mysoomro ! working with terminal is fun . and always don't panik! things go on . I think it did well. and I will go on with this stuff working, thanx. My Homepage is waiting ....  
4 years ago

Got it right. :). I think the websites code was messing up with the code of tutorial.  
4 years ago

Thank you. and yes, you're 100% right. It's <?php phpinfo(); ?>. But I think there is some problem. When I went to edit this, this entire field of code was empty. And I had checked each code before uploading the tutorial.
Let me try it again.
4 years ago

Good tutorial but Test PHP step 2 is wrong

It should read
<?php phpinfo(); ?>

instead of
<!--?php phpinfo(); ?-->


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