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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 9.04 (LAMP) - Page 2

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:

aptitude search php5

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

aptitude install php5-mysql php5-curl php5-gd php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-mhash php5-ming php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl php5-json 

Now restart Apache2:

/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:

aptitude 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

You dont have to do all that to install the LAMP Server When you install the server you choose what software to install and you choose LAMP SERVER... and then you can add whatever packages you want...

By: duffydack

or sudo tasksel install lamp-server from server/desktop ubuntu :)


By: Anonymous

You could do that but doing the installation this way you control what you install and all the packages are going to be up to date with less exploits than using predetermined old packages and maybe old versions. Remember this howto is for a "perfect lamp server" not an easy installation.

By: Anonymous

Wow.  I hope its not that hard.  In Mandriva you can do all this in a couple of clicks in the control center.

By: Anonymous

hi, the steps worked well for me in Ubuntu-9.10 Desktop Edition,

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By: James

Thanks for this, was a big help! Everything worked except for phpMyAdmin. I had to add this to /etc/apache2/apache2.conf to get it to work:

 Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

By: Tinel Barb (Romania) y! id: tinelbarb

Very good article, congratulations! The PhpMyadmin should be installed in a custom directory, something like: '00phpadmin' or 'server_admin' or anything but clear 'phpmyadmin' or 'myadmin' becose of the security flaws in Phpmyadmin.
I strongly recommend everybody to learn some mysql queries and use Mysql Workbench or Mysql Query Browser

Good job, anyway!