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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 11.10 (LAMP)

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Author: Falko Timme , Christian Schmalfeld <c [dot] schmalfeld [at] projekfarm [dot] de>
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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 11.10 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:

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 [email protected] 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:

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 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:

apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

We must restart Apache afterwards:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart
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By: deeplite

sudo apt-get install aptitude

sudo aptitude install lamp-server

By: Rob

The result of running the previously-mentioned commands:

$ sudo aptitude install lamp-server
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "lamp-server"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "lamp-server"

Trying to install the same package using apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install lamp-server
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package lamp-server

By: Anonymous

sudo apt-gets install lamp-server^


he was missing the ^

By: samita

thanks a lot for this article. It's amazing how a small character like ^ has kept me in the dark for weeks now

By: Ronald Matte

I just installed LAMP on a Dell Opti-Plex I recently loaded with Ubuntu 11.10 according to the article.

Everything went so smooth I had to double check to make sure everything was  installed properly. Yes. apt-get is now my best friend, and this article and the tasks herein are on-point.

My first encounter with a non-MS OS was SCO Unix (way) back in 1992.

Thank you to all who contribute their long-labored hours and talent to developing and maintaining such a wonderful flavor of Linux.


Ronald Matte

[email protected]

By: Anonymous

this couldnt of been any easier on ubuntu 11.10

By: Ovidiu

thank you it it works great

By: Anonymous

use the ip of your server or (your pc)