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How To Install LAMP Stack on Linux Mint 21

Install LAMP Stack on Linux Mint 21

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LAMP Stack on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, LAMP is a short name that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Developers need a combination of these open-source software to do developments on their local machines before their websites go live. Apache is a web server, MySQL is for databases and PHP is the language used for programming. From multi-layered content management systems to social networking portals supporting millions of users, the LAMP provides a stable foundation for some of the largest web applications

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 and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of LAMP Stack on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).
  • 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).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 Stack on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget ca-certificates gnupg2

Step 2. Installing the LAMP Server.

By default, LAMP Stack is available on the Linux Mint 21 base repository. Now we install the LAMP Stack packages using the following command below:

sudo apt install lamp-server^

When prompted with ‘do you want to continue’ press ‘Enter’ to continue the installation.

Step 3. Testing Apache Web Server.

Apache is web server of the LAMP stack and once installed to confirm the installation run the following in the terminal:

sudo systemctl status apache2

In addition, you can check the installation confirmation from the browser at http://localhost or http://your-IP-address, You will get the default Apache server page:

Install LAMP Stack on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

Step 4. Testing PHP.

To test and check if PHP works correctly, first make a file named phpinfo.php in /var/www/html directory:

nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Copy the below script and paste it into your file:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Save and close the file, then restart the Apache service to ensure that the changes take effect before testing PHP:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Once is done now open up your browser and enter the following:


You should see something like this:

Install LAMP Stack on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

Step 5. Configure MySQL.

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:


Step 6. Configure Firewall

After installing LAMP it is necessary to modify UFW firewall rules to open HTTP and HTTPS ports. Run the following command:

sudo ufw allow 'Apache Full'
sudo ufw reload

Congratulations! You have successfully installed LAMP. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the LAMP (Apache, MariaDB, and PHP) on the Linux Mint system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Linux Mint website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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