Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On OpenSUSE 11.3 (LAMP)

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LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on an OpenSUSE 11.3 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

First we install MySQL 5 like this:

yast2 -i mysql mysql-client mysql-community-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 --add mysql
/etc/init.d/mysql start

To secure the MySQL installation, run:


Now you will be asked several questions:

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):
 <-- ENTER
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]
 <-- Y
New password: <-- fill in your desired MySQL root password
Re-enter new password: <-- confirm that password
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]
 <-- Y
 ... 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]
 <-- Y
 ... 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]
 <-- Y
 - 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]
 <-- Y
 ... 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!

server1:~ #

Now your MySQL setup should be secured.


3 Installing Apache2

Apache2 is available as an OpenSUSE package, therefore we can install it like this:

yast2 -i apache2

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

chkconfig --add apache2

... and start Apache:

/etc/init.d/apache2 start

Now direct your browser to, and you should see the Apache2 placeholder page (don't worry about the 403 error, this happens because there's no index file (e.g. index.html) in the document root directory):

Apache's default document root is /srv/www/htdocs/ on OpenSUSE, and the configuration file is /etc/apache2/httpd.conf. Additional configurations are stored in the /etc/apache2/conf.d/ directory.


4 Installing PHP5

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

yast2 -i apache2-mod_php5

We must restart Apache afterwards:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

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From: Anonymous at: 2010-09-24 13:20:50

i followed this guide, works a treat! would have been really disappointed with this book i bought otherwise!

only trouble i had was with phpMyAdmin, as of 24/9/10, its version was up to 3.3.7-1.1 and so had to be reflected in the zypper command argument.

Thanks for the guide!

From: Abercrombie UK at: 2010-12-10 07:09:01

I want to directly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates, but I cant find it, do you have one?

From: mh11 at: 2010-12-15 20:29:35

I also have to say: congratulations!

 I read a lot of How-TO's in my life, but this one is the best, I ever saw!

 As someway else already mentioned, the only thing that worked not
in the first try, was to install phpMyAdmin, because it was updated
to already.

To all who wants to follow this guide, simple substitued the last
zypper command by this one:

zypper install

(or, if this not works, simply type in your browser:

and find the latest version).

Anyway, as written, the best How-TO, I ever saw!


From: CmpTec at: 2010-12-29 07:47:56

WOW I totally agree this was the best set of instructions I've ever executed. Everything worked the first time.

THX for the good work!!


From: Ogbi-web_kenobi at: 2010-12-10 01:02:01

Thanks for this one. Exactly what I've been looking for.

From: Andreas Västanpihl at: 2010-12-07 14:35:54

Simple but works perfektly thou the phpmyadmin has yet again been updated

zypper install

 Thanks and Keep up the good work!


Br Andreas

From: Kevin at: 2011-09-01 00:47:33

I have to say, I've used four or five different tutorials trying to get MySQL to work in the past two days, including MySQL's own, and none have worked until I stumbled onto yours just before giving up. Thanks a lot.