How to install LAMP on Ubuntu

A quick tutorial on how to Install LAMP on Ubuntu.

Without a big instruction, let’s get to work right away. LAMP means Linux Apache MySQL PHP, which is exactly what we are going to install now.

Table of Contents

Step 1 – Update your system

First, we are making sure you are up to date by running:

sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
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If you are running an AWS instance, you will get the following warning:

Grub Warning
Grub Warning

Confirm with “Keep the local version currently installed

Step 2 – Installing Apache2

Now that we have the L in place, it’s time to install the A.

sudo apt-get install apache2
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You can verify if that worked by entering your server’s IP into a browser, you should see something along those lines:

Step 3 – Installing MySQL

Alright, time for the M.

sudo apt-get install mysql-server
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During the installation, you will be prompted to enter the MySQL root password. Make sure to write that down.

Now we are also going to secure our installation:

sudo mysql_secure_installation
  • Enter the root password you entered before.
  • Now you get asked a couple of questions, answer as below:
    • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Enter your root password
    • Would you like to setup VALIDATE PASSWORD plugin? N
    • Change the password for root? [Y/n] N
    • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] {ENTER}
    • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] {ENTER}
    • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] {ENTER}
    • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] {ENTER}
    • That’s it. Let’s continue with PHP.

Step 4 – Installing PHP

And last but not least, the P.

For PHP, we need to install slightly more PHP with all its dependencies:

sudo apt-get install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql php-curl php-gd php-intl php-pear php-imagick php-imap php-mcrypt php-memcache php-pspell php-recode php-sqlite3 php-tidy php-xmlrpc php-xsl php-mbstring php-gettext
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Let’s restart apache2:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Step 5 – Testing the configuration and wrapping up

To test your configuration, we first need to create the phpinfo.php file.

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
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Paste the following text into it:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>
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Save with CTRL+O and exit with CTRL+X.

If you  now open http://YOURSERVERIP/phpinfo.php in your web browser, you should see the PHP configuration page:

And that concludes this tutorial. Now you can configure your server for whatever your needs are.

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