In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LAMP on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, LAMP represents a full-featured stack containing the most popular web server known as Apache, the most popular database server MySQL and the most popular open-source web programming language known as PHP. All components are free and open-source software, and the combination is suitable for building dynamic web pages.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation of LAMP (Linux Apache, MySQL, and PHP) on Ubuntu 14.04.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install LAMP on Ubuntu 14.04
Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Apache on Ubuntu 14.04.
We will be installing Apache with apt-get, which is the default package manager for ubuntu:
apt-get install apache2
Start Apache and add it to automatically start on your system start-up using:
service apache2 start
You can verify that Apache is really running by opening your favorite web browser and entering the URL
http://your-server's-address if it is installed, then you will see this:
Step 3. Installing MySQL on Ubuntu 14.04.
Install MySQL with the following command to begin the installation:
apt-get install mysql-server
You can verify the MySQL server status using the command:
service mysql status
By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the
mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MySQL:
To log in to MySQL, use the following command (note that it’s the same command you would use to log into a MySQL database):
mysql -u root -p
Step 4. Installing PHP on Ubuntu 14.04.
Finally, run the commands below to install PHP along with other good-to-have modules:
apt-get install php5 php5-mysql php-pear php5-gd php5-mcrypt php5-curl
Your server should restart Apache automatically after the installation of both MySQL and PHP. If it doesn’t, execute this command:
service apache2 restart
To test PHP, create a test file named info.php with the content below. Save the file, then browse to it to see if PHP is working:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Try to access it at
http://your_server_ip/info.php. If the PHP info page is rendered in your browser then everything looks good and you are ready to proceed further.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the LAMP stack. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing LAMP (Linux Apache, MySQL, and PHP) in Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache, MySQL, and PHP website.