Builds a LAMP stack on macOS X using MacPorts
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Builds a LAMP (MAMP) stack on macOS 10.13 High Sierra using MacPorts.

Intended to be used on a fresh 10.13 install. For previous versions of macOS use the pre-high-sierra branch.

Please read this README all the way through before beginning.


MacPorts is powerful but finicky. I commonly end up with MySQL/MariaDB with the wrong permissions and other annoyances. Therefore this script, which will reliably install MariaDB 5.5 and PHP 5.6 plus Apache 2.4 on OS X. At least, for me. Tested with MacPorts 2.4.2 on OS X 10.13.


If you had installed macports-lamp previously, export any MySQL databases (since macports-lamp will install a clean 'n' fresh MariaDB).

Stop any running MacPorts services as in the following two examples. If these give you errors, just continue.

sudo port unload apache2
sudo port unload mysql55-server

Move the old MacPorts installation out of the way.

sudo mv /opt/local /opt/local.old

Install MacPorts with its prerequisites.

Make sure to install XCode and do

sudo xcodebuild -license
xcode-select --install

macports-lamp comes with a my.cnf file for MariaDB that it will place at /etc/my.cnf. If you already had a my.cnf there it will be moved out of the way.

MariaDB will use the following socket:

socket		= /opt/local/var/run/mariadb/mysqld.sock

Default Virtual Host

The script will create the following virtual host which can be reached by going to http://local.test/ after the script completes.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName local.test
    DocumentRoot /Users/username/Sites
    <Directory /Users/username/Sites>
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
      DirectoryIndex index.php index.html
      Require local
      AllowOverride All


The following functions will be installed in ~/.bash_profile. I find them useful at the command line:

te - tail Apache error log
ta - tail Apache access log
tp - tail PHP error log
acr - apachectl restart (really sudo port unload apache2;sudo port load apache2)

Running the Scripts

sudo ./build_lamp
sudo ./build_mysql
sudo ./increase_limits

One of the PHP 7 ports has a dependency on Python; thus MacPorts will install Python 2.7. If you would like to make this the default version of python that runs when you run python scripts (recommended), tell MacPorts that with

sudo port select --set python python27

Switching between PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0:

Switch to PHP 5.6 (default after installation):

sudo port select php php56
sudo /opt/local/bin/apxs -A -e -n php7
sudo /opt/local/bin/apxs -a -e -n php5

Switch to PHP 7.2:

sudo /opt/local/bin/apxs -A -e -n php5
sudo /opt/local/bin/apxs -a -e -n php7


To install Drush, see