There is a new version of this tutorial available for Debian 8 (Jessie).

Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Wheezy

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

First we install MySQL 5 like this:

apt-get 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, 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:

apt-get 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:

apt-get 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:

apt-cache search php5

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

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:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

APC 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 Xcache. It is strongly recommended to have one of these installed to speed up your PHP page.

APC can be installed as follows:

apt-get install php-apc

Now restart Apache:

/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:

apt-get install phpmyadmin

You will see the following questions:

Web server to reconfigure automatically: <-- apache2
Configure database for phpmyadmin with dbconfig-common? <-- No

Afterwards, you can access phpMyAdmin under


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From: Jake

Helped me out a lot. Thanks!

From: Drumdevil

I just did this on my Raspberry under Raspbian, works fine! Thanks!

From: Andy

well written and works well.  Many thanks!

From: nivlem

everything worked, but when I installed phpmyadmin with the given commands and using the exact steps. I went to my IP where apache runs and where /info.php worked, but when i did /phpmyadmin it couldn't be found

From: Anonymous


One last step that finished the setup for me...

1.   cd /srv/www/  (Location of the web home dir)

2.   ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin         (Creates the link to location of myadmin home dir)

From: Bruno Forcier

Something seem to be broken with Jessie.

info.php and phpmyadmin.php report 404 not found.

Any suggestions?



From: Henry

vi /var/www/info.php

Had to change that to vi /var/www/html/info.php.

Debian set the default CONTEXT_DOCUMENT_ROOT constant to /var/www/html

From: James Szeliga

all worked except to use phpMy admin had to create Symbolic link

 ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin /var/www/

From: chacoroot

thank you man

From: RiKo

On the PHPMyAdmin (7), must add line to /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Add everywhere on the config apache2.conf: Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Or not working ;)

Thanks for help!

From: till

That's not needed when you select "Web server to reconfigure automatically: <-- apache2" as described in the tutorial. Same with all other posts above that claim that the creation of a symlink is required. You have to create that symlink only in case you missed to select the apache2 option with the tab key and then activate the option with the space key (as usual in apt).