Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 6.3 (LAMP)

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Last edited 07/13/2012

LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a CentOS 6.3 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

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

Set passwords for the MySQL root account:


[root@server1 ~]# mysql_secure_installation


In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user.  If you've just installed MySQL, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.

Set root password? [Y/n]
 <-- ENTER
New password: <-- yourrootsqlpassword
Re-enter new password: <-- yourrootsqlpassword
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!

By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]
 <-- ENTER
 ... Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]
 <-- ENTER
 ... Success!

By default, MySQL comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]
 <-- ENTER
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]
 <-- ENTER
 ... Success!

Cleaning up...

All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MySQL!

[root@server1 ~]#


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

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From: CanaDave at: 2012-08-16 21:14:32

Apache wouldn't work off the bat if you're trying to see it from another have to add a firewall exception:

...first turn it off:

# service iptables stop

...then edit the rules file (use your favorite text editor, I use nano)

# nano /etc/sysconfig/iptables

...need to add rule:

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

...then start firewall again

#service iptables start

...if you want to remotely access MySQL as well (I do) you also add:

-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 3306 -j ACCEPT


From: Anonymous at: 2012-12-10 00:58:22

Absolutely... Good job

From: Anonymous at: 2013-02-06 20:29:11

Where do we put that rule, under the INPUT ACCEPT?

From: Ben McQueen at: 2012-10-31 13:17:54

You should mention that you need to enter the root and password of you mysql database into the phpmyadmin login screen

From: Omar Elfaroug at: 2013-07-22 20:55:03

Really great article,

It'll get you up and running within no time, remember to enter your user name and password you've set earlier when you set up your msql database at the end when you reach phpmyadmin.

From: Pat at: 2012-12-23 06:07:04

Hi, been trying to find a guide for setting up access to this setup via ftp, ie i want to be able to use dreamweaver to develop a single php/mysql website.

Ive been searching over the last few days, and found lots of guides to setup vsftpd, and have no problem with this, my problem is A) i cant change the document root to a users folder, httpd fails with folder must be a directory, and B) after creating a user and seting their home folder to /var/www/html i cannot create files or folders in dreamweaver.

 I have PHP, and phpMyAdmin working, just this ftp part.

 Ive messed around with more than i can remember at this point, and will now just start from scratch.

im sure this could be made real simple by you guys, im trying to learn php / mysql, Im hoping im not gonna have to learn linux first, although I will try stuff, and have been !

Regards. Pat.

From: Anonymous at: 2013-01-17 09:52:15

Step by step, this How To is very good

From: at: 2013-01-19 05:42:10

Excellent step by step guide :)

From: l.kajcsu at: 2013-04-05 16:39:23

Excelent article, thank you...

yes, in the end you need to type your phpmyadmin root user and password / what is belong to only for phpmyadmin, secure just this / 

THX , that is a fresh, nice article, every command works well.

From: Maldonado W at: 2014-06-13 14:42:29