Setting your PHP development environment in Ubuntu

Instead of installing each item separately we will go with installing

LAMP server in a package in Ubuntu that is fairly simple along with a

single terminal command:



sudo apt-get install lamp-server^


The apt-get command is a powerful command-line tool used to work with Ubuntu’s Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) performing such functions as installation of new software packages, upgrade of existing software packages, updating of the package list index, and even upgrading the entire Ubuntu system.


sudo used to invoke the current user with the power of super user and a caret

‘^’ symbol placed after package name to indicate performing as tasks together.



The LAMP package will start installing immediately with above command including

latest PHP5, Apache 2, MySQL and PHP5-MySQL. By default apache2 and

MySQL installed as service and your document root will be at /var/www/


An index.html file shall be there.


Both Apache and MySQL should be running. However, you may start apache by using service start command as


sudo service apache2 start


and stop apache by using:

sudo service apache2 stop



Checking the LAMP installation:


Point your browser to http://localhost/

you will see the default apache2 landing page which means your

webserver apache2 is running. Still you can check those service statuses

as below:


sudo service apache2 status


you will be shown


Apache is running. Process #


Again to check MySQL status, simple run the command


sudo service mysql status



you will be shown

mysql start/running. Process #


to check the PHP installation simple create a file named test.php, in /var/www/ with the below line:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>



Now point your browser with http://localhost/test.php and you will see the installed PHP and components configuration details.


Installing PhpMyAdmin:

To maintain MySQL database functionalities using web based interface we may use phpMyAdmin.


sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin



phpMyAdmin will be installed with the above command and during

installation you will receive a blue window asking which server you want

to use i.e. apache2, lighttpd ;  choose apache2 and click ok to

continue with the installation. After installation point your browser

with http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ and you will be viewing phpMyAdmin

landing page




If you receive 404 error at http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ then you

need to setup phpMyAdmin under apache manually by modifying

/etc/apache2/apache2.conf using gedit


sudo gedit  /etc/apache2/apache2.conf


gedit will open the file in graphical mode and add the below line at bottom inside apache2.conf


Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Now restart apache server to make the changes effective.


sudo service apache2 restart


Now refresh your browser and you will have phpMyAdmin login screen.

Taken from the facebook post of : M A Hossain Tonu


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