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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Lenny (LAMP)

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

First we install MySQL 5.0 like this:

aptitude install mysql-server mysql-client

You will be asked to provide a password for the MySQL root user - this password is valid for the user root@localhost as well as [email protected], so we don't have to specify a MySQL root password manually later on:

New password for the MySQL "root" user: <-- yourrootsqlpassword
Repeat password for the MySQL "root" user: <-- yourrootsqlpassword


3 Installing Apache2

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

aptitude install apache2

Now direct your browser to, and you should see the Apache2 placeholder page (It works!):

Apache's default document root is /var/www on Debian, 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.


4 Installing PHP5

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

aptitude install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

We must restart Apache afterwards:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart


5 Testing PHP5 / Getting Details About Your PHP5 Installation

The document root of the default web site is /var/www. We will now create a small PHP file (info.php) in that directory and call it in a browser. The file will display lots of useful details about our PHP installation, such as the installed PHP version.

vi /var/www/info.php


Now we call that file in a browser (e.g.

As you see, PHP5 is working, and it's working through the Apache 2.0 Handler, as shown in the Server API line. If you scroll further down, you will see all modules that are already enabled in PHP5. MySQL is not listed there which means we don't have MySQL support in PHP5 yet.


6 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:

aptitude search php5

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

aptitude install php5-mysql php5-curl php5-gd php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-mhash php5-ming php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl php5-json

Now restart Apache2:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Now reload in your browser and scroll down to the modules section again. You should now find lots of new modules there, including the MySQL module:


7 phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a web interface through which you can manage your MySQL databases. It's a good idea to install it:

aptitude install phpmyadmin

You will see the following question:

Web server to reconfigure automatically: <-- apache2

Afterwards, you can access phpMyAdmin under


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From: Eyesnuke

Must say I had pretty tough time setting phpmyadmin according to his guide. Kept getting 404 error and server couldent find it until I did that:

cp /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/phpmyadmin

and then

a2ensite phpmyadmin

then reloading and restarting apache and it finally works. No idea what caused problems but it turned out to be only way to solve it.

From: Cere4l

I didnt have that problem at all, perhaps something you already had installed?

From: Patrick

I also had some issues.  Turns out the phpmyadmin install didn't make any include reference to /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf on install (Possible that I didn't select to use apache2 as the web server to use during install, but I thought I did).  Anyway, to /etc/apache2/apache2.conf I simply added:

Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

And everything seems to work just fine.

From: Jeff

This worked for me as well...thx Eyesnuke

From: Tapas Mishra

Good resource.Helped.

From: Tapas Mishra

Good resource.Helped.

From: 1NSANE

Followed each step in the guide and was done and working in a few minutes. No issues.

From: John

Congratulations!  For once a set of notes that were lear and worked perfectly first time. Thank you

From: Karibe

These clear instructions worked perfectly with good debian sources. very helpful, especially configuring phpmyadmin after installation.

From: Christopher Smith

Great post.  I'm on Debian and it worked perfectly.  Thanks for the help.

From: Anonymous

This guide was really helpful. Thank you so much. I got it all installed very quickly!



the best way to fix PHPMYADMIN not appearing on DEBIAN is to do the following:

first do: nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf 

then at the very end line add: Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

then restart apache2: service apache2 restart

and it should be good :)