There is a new version of this tutorial available for Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish).

Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 13.04 (LAMP)

LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on an Ubuntu 13.04 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:

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


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

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

Xcache can be installed as follows:

apt-get install php5-xcache

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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By: Anonymous

Along side yours this one was a bit more indepth with the steps.

 Seemed to help me in between your steps, thanks!

By: Anonymous

The versions might not be the latest and greatest but it is much easier to let tasksel install everything. Unless your running server you probably need to install tasksel.
apt-get install tasksel
Choose the services you want to install!

By: David

excellent tutorial, installed without a hitch and everything worked just like it was supposed to.

Thanks for a job well done!!

By: Tony

i followed this tut all the way but after the instalation of phpmayadmin i cant visit it 

By: Jeremy

@Tony - You probably didn't actually "check" apache2.  It's highlighted by default in the config prompt, but not checked.  Run this: sudo dpkg-reconfigure -plow phpmyadmin
Select No when asked to reconfigure the database.  Then when asked to choose apache2, make sure to hit space while  [ ] apache2 is highlighted.  An asterisk should appear between the brackets.  Then hit Enter. Phpmyadmin should reconfigure and now http://localhost/phpmyadmin should work.

You can read more about it here: 


By: vinarrow

dude, thanks!

i didn't even notice that it was unchecked! i thought the highlight was enough.

thanks again!

By: Anonymous

Nice Post


By: anov.siradj

thanks for the tutorial.

I'm newbie in Ubuntu

By: Ralfh

Thank you for this simple, nice and clarifying post. I've followed it and got LAMP functional without any issues.


Many Thanks for your excellent totourial.

the only Problem which I get is in teh last step. When I give my IP adress/phpmyadmin/ 
I get the following message in Browser (all other steps is working fine - thanks again for good description):

 Not Found 

The requested URL /phpmyadmin was not found on this server.

Apache/2.4.6 (Ubuntu) Server at Port 80

 Do you have any tipp for me what could be wrong..

 (the installation of phpmyadmin was ok)

By: Geomatique RV

PhpMyAdmin is not installed in the default /var/www folder.

Just seasrch for your phpmyadmin installation (you can use find -name 'phpmyadmin' for example) and copy (cp) or move (mv) folder to /var/www folder.

 Good Luck

By: Anonymous

This post run successful install of LAMP But as shown above it wont install php5.5

By: Anonymous

Very helpful, thanks