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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 5.3 (LAMP)

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Author: Falko Timme
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LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a CentOS 5.3 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname with the IP address These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.


2 Installing MySQL 5.0

To install MySQL, we do this:

yum install mysql mysql-server

Then we create the system startup links for MySQL (so that MySQL starts automatically whenever the system boots) and start the MySQL server:

chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
/etc/init.d/mysqld start


mysqladmin -u root password yourrootsqlpassword
mysqladmin -h -u root password yourrootsqlpassword

to set a password for the user root (otherwise anybody can access your MySQL database!).


3 Installing Apache2

Apache2 is available as a CentOS package, therefore we can install it like this:

yum install httpd

Now configure your system to start Apache at boot time...

chkconfig --levels 235 httpd on

... and start Apache:

/etc/init.d/httpd start

Now direct your browser to, and you should see the Apache2 placeholder page:

Apache's default document root is /var/www/html on CentOS, and the configuration file is /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf. Additional configurations are stored in the /etc/httpd/conf.d/ directory.


4 Installing PHP5

We can install PHP5 and the Apache PHP5 module as follows:

yum install php

We must restart Apache afterwards:

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Danny Bessems

Instead of using the command "mysqladmin" to set the root password and access mask, you are better off using the command "/usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation"; it will run you through several steps to make your mysql installation secure (root password, root access mask, test users, test databases).

By: Harvester

thanks, I used it.

By: Ronald

Used it. Thanks!

By: Anonymous

Great guide and works perfectly, thank you.

Useful for setting up so many things, in my case it was Joomla.


By: Sathishkumar

Thanks a lot, its working well. :)

By: Andriy Zhdanov

First of all, thanks, it helped a lot.

And, it's missing:

yum install php-mysql

And to set host password the new password is also needed:

mysqladmin -h -u root -pyourrootpassword password yogamamadvd

By: Joe

hello, im using command : # yum install httpd

i get error msg :

Error unpacking rpm package httpd-2.2.3-65.el5.centos.3.i386
warning: /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf created as /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.rpmnew
error: unpacking of archive failed on file /usr/lib/httpd: cpio: chown