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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 10.04 (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 an Ubuntu 10.04 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.

I'm running all the steps in this tutorial with root privileges, so make sure you're logged in as root:

sudo su


2 Installing MySQL 5

First we install MySQL 5 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 an Ubuntu 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 Ubuntu, 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

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From: Maxime

A simpler and quicker way to do all of this in one line  :

sudo tasksel install lamp-server

From: Thom Brown

Or you could use a proper, reliable, consistent and more powerful RDBMS... PostgreSQL. ;)

From: Anonymous

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

Don't forget the ^ at the end, otherwise apt-get won't recognize the package.

From: Anonymous

Do that, and you will have a system full of packets that you don't need, but they still use your CPU.

From: Anonymous


I found a mistake in your tutorial.

 When installing PHP5, to be able to use MySQL, you must also install "php5-mysql" packet: "aptitude install php5-mysql". After that - restart server with "/etc/init.d/apache2 restart". (all must be done with root access either using root console "sudo su" or adding prefix "sudo" to commands)

From: Anonymous

okay just to inform everyone

you cant use aptitude on a standard fresh install as it is not installed.

just use apt-get instead or install aptitude


Just so you know

From: ashique zakariyya

I can give you better solution for installation.

i found great article about this
some fixes also there, auto configuration: