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There are many great free tools to allow you to manage your MySQL databases, but one of the simplest and easiest to get started with is phpMyAdmin, a free web application which you can download from www.phpmyadmin.net. You can either go to this site and download the most recent version, or you can use the version that I've included in the free exercise files that come with this course. To use that version, go to the Free Exercise Files, to phpMyAdmin.
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  1. 17m 35s
    1. Welcome UPDATED
      1m 9s
    2. Understanding Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      7m 12s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
    4. What's new in this update UPDATED
      3m 35s
    5. Choosing a software stack
      4m 32s
  2. 30m 18s
    1. Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4 on Windows
      6m 51s
    2. Installing PHP 5.5 on Windows
      4m 12s
    3. Starting Apache from the command line
      5m 24s
    4. Installing MySQL on Windows UPDATED
      7m 24s
    5. Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows
      6m 27s
  3. 44m 5s
    1. Activating Apache on Leopard and Snow Leopard
      3m 35s
    2. Activating Apache on Lion
      5m 9s
    3. Activating Apache on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      4m 57s
    4. Configuring personal site folders on Mountain Lion and Mavericks UPDATED
      6m 59s
    5. Activating PHP on Mac OS X
      6m 12s
    6. Installing MySQL on Mac OS X
      3m 59s
    7. Setting the root user password
      2m 28s
    8. Installing phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X
      6m 16s
    9. Uninstalling MySQL on Mac OS X
      4m 30s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Installing WampServer
      6m 25s
    2. Managing WampServer
      2m 2s
    3. Defining directory aliases through WampServer
      2m 55s
    4. Changing software versions with WampServer add-ons
      3m 13s
  5. 10m 58s
    1. Installing MAMP UPDATED
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring Apache and MySQL server ports UPDATED
      1m 57s
    3. Managing MAMP UPDATED
      4m 55s
  6. 29m 3s
    1. Installing XAMPP for Windows UPDATED
      10m 0s
    2. Managing XAMPP for Windows
      4m 4s
    3. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows
      2m 40s
    4. Installing XAMPP for Mac OS X UPDATED
      6m 14s
    5. Managing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      2m 27s
    6. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP
      3m 38s
  7. 13m 20s
    1. Installing BitNami for Windows
      6m 31s
    2. Installing BitNami for Mac OS X UPDATED
      6m 49s
  8. 18m 49s
    1. Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows
      2m 37s
    2. Handling other port conflicts on Windows
      5m 19s
    3. Detecting and handling port conflicts on Mac OS X
      6m 26s
    4. Configuring Apache to work with IPv6 on Windows 8
      4m 27s
  9. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
2h 59m Intermediate Jan 21, 2011 Updated Mar 28, 2014

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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP with David Gassner describes how to install and configure Apache HTTP server, MySQL database server, and PHP, known as the AMP stack, on a local development computer. Chapters are devoted to multiple installation approaches: installing the components separately on both Windows and Mac (including coverage of Apache and PHP on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion), installing the pre-packaged Apache and MySQL distributions in WampServer on Windows and MAMP on Mac, and installing the cross-platform XAMPP and Bitnami on both Mac and Windows. Exercise files are included with the course.

This course was updated on 07/06/2012.

Topics include:
  • Performing Apache, PHP, and MySQL as separate installs
  • Activating Apache and PHP on Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion
  • Setting the MySQL root user password
  • Installing WampServer
  • Changing software versions with WampServer add-ons
  • Installing MAMP
  • Configuring MAMP's Apache and MySQL server ports
  • Installing XAMPP for Windows and Mac
  • Managing MySQL security through XAMPP
  • Installing Bitnami for Windows and Mac
  • Detecting and handling port conflicts
  • Working with Apache and IPV6 in Windows 8
Subjects:
Developer Web Servers Databases
Software:
MySQL PHP HTTP Server Apache HTTP Server
Author:
David Gassner

Installing phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X

There are many great free tools to allow you to manage your MySQL databases, but one of the simplest and easiest to get started with is phpMyAdmin, a free web application which you can download from www.phpmyadmin.net. You can either go to this site and download the most recent version, or you can use the version that I've included in the free exercise files that come with this course. To use that version, go to the Free Exercise Files, to phpMyAdmin.

The entire web application is in this very small zip file. Extract the zip file, then move the resulting folder, phpMyAdmin with the version number, to your Apache document root. To do that, I'll press Command+N to create a new finder window, I'll go to the Mac hard drive root, then to Library/WebServer/Documents, and then I'm going to drag this folder into the document root. After it's been dragged into place, I'll rename it with simply phpmyadmin.

You can name the folder anything you want, but by naming it simply phpmyadmin all lowercase, it will make it very easy to access from the web browser. Now let's check a few things before we try to fire it up. Go to your System Preferences dialog and from there, to the MySQL pane, and make sure that MySQL is running. Then you can close that dialog. You're done with that for now. Then go to a browser and navigate to the URL http://localhost/phpmyadmin.

You should see this login dialog. If you try to log in right now, it's not going to work, even if you type in the correct username and password for your MySQL Installation. I will type in type in "root" and then my password and click Go, and I will see an error saying, "Cannot log in to the MySQL Server." There's also a very obscure message down at the bottom: "The mcrypt extension is missing. Please check your PHP configuration." All of these problems can be easily solved with a very small configuration file, and I have provided the most minimal version of this configuration file, again, in the free exercise files.

I'll go to the Free Exercise Files, to the phpmyadmin folder, and I am going to use this file, config.inc_MAC.php. Now I want to leave the original file in place, so I'm going to copy that to the clipboard, then I'll go back to my document root folder, to phpmyadmin, and I will paste by pressing Command+V. Now I'm going to rename the file, taking out the _MAC.

I'll click on the file once and then press Return and then remove _MAC, so that the actual name of the file is config.inc.php. Next, I am going to edit it. You can use any text editor for this purpose. And I'll show you that this file has some basic settings in it. The socket configuration on the fourth line is referring to something called a socket file, which is created automatically by MySQL when it starts up on your system.

On Mac OS X, this file is in the TMP folder. You shouldn't have to change that line at all. The next line refers to the username. I am using root, the administrative user that's created automatically when you install MySQL--and again, you can use that for local development. Next is the password. I have simply password, but you should change this to reflect your MySQL password. The next item, auth_type, changes to a different authentication model named config, and this will remove that confusing mcrypt error that you saw earlier.

And finally, there's a configuration item named AllowUserDropDatabase. By default, you as an individual user won't be able to drop or delete your own databases. I've reset that value to true. So if you need to make changes to the user and password, go ahead and do it and save your changes, but leave everything else alone and then close your text editor. Now to test go back to your browser, once again type localhost/admin, and when it opens, it may show the same screen, but press Command+R to refresh the screen and now phpMyAdmin should open correctly.

To test and make sure that you can create and delete databases, I have provided an SQL file. First click Databases and create a new database. I'm going to name it explorecalifornia and click Create. Then over on the left I will click on my new database. Now, I'm going to import some structure and data from an SQL file. I'll click Import at the top, choose File, then in my free exercise files folder, I will choose explorecalifornia.sql.

I will scroll down to the bottom and click Go, and I should see the message that the database has been imported correctly. I can go over to the left side and see the database in my list, and if the database is selected, I should be able to browse the data. Now test that you can drop the database. Up at the top of the screen, I will go to the list of my pages, and I'll click explorecalifornia, and this takes me back to the database page. I will go to the Operations screen.

I'll take a look over on the left, and I should see a link that allows me to drop the database. This is the tool that was enabled by that additional configuration in the configuration file. I will click the link and confirm and now the database is gone. So that's how you get started with phpMyAdmin. I should caution that the minimal configuration that I provided is perfectly suitable for local development. If you want to put phpMyAdmin on your production PHP server--that is, a server that's available to the public--check the phpMyAdmin documentation for the recommended configuration for a more secure installation.

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Q: I followed the procedure in the "Installing XAMP for Windows" video, but 1) I got no text file popup after install, and 2) the Admin button does not bring up phpMyAdmin page. Nothing happens even though the Running button is green.

A: The text window not popping up after the installation is just a difference in the installation flow; it shouldn't cause any functional problems.

The issue around phpMyAdmin not opening correctly from the Xampp Control Panel has come up before. There is a bug in the newest version of Xampp for Windows (version 1.7.4) that affects the Control Panel. After starting the Control Panel, and then starting both Apache and MySQL, clicking the MySQL Admin button doesn't open the browser to the phpMyAdmin as expected. However, both MySQL and phpMyAdmin are working correctly.

Follow these steps instead:
  1. Click the Admin button next to Apache to open the Xampp home page in the browser.
  2. Click phpMyAdmin under the Tools section of the menu on the left side of the page.
phpMyAdmin should open correctly. From that point, you should be able to manage your database.
Q: I'm using TextWrangler on the Mac to uncomment the following line in the httpd.conf file, as shown in the video "Activating PHP with the included Apache server" in Chapter 2:

LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so

When I try to save the changes, I get the message "Error code: -5000". What's going wrong?
A: This is a common issue with the latest version of TextWrangler. Here's another way of editing the file with a command line editor named Pico that's included in Mac OS X. Remember, most text editors don't give you the ability to edit files as the "root user", and you need those rights to edit the httpd.conf file.

Unlike TextWrangler, Pico doesn't accept mouse input, so you have to do everything with the keyboard:
  1. Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
  2. Type sudo pico /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf.
  3. Type your password and press Return.
  4. Press Ctrl+W for 'Where is'.
  5. Type 'php' and press Return. You should find the commented-out line with php5_module
  6. Delete the '#' at the beginning of the line.
  7. Press Ctrl+X for 'Exit'.
  8. Press Y for 'Yes'.
  9. Press Return to save and exit
We recommend also using Pico to edit the php.ini file.
Q: After downloading XAMPP I was unable to start Apache from the control panel. MySQL started fine. When I click the Start button next to Apache it looks like it starts and then stops. Here is the output:

Busy
Apache Started (Port 80)

The MySQL button says "running" with a stop button; the Apache button still? says start no matter how many time I click it.
A: This usually means that another program is using Port 80 (the port that Apache needs). Port 80 is used for any web server, so you either have another web server running or you're running something else (usually Skype) that is using Port 80.

If you're running Skype (and this is really common), you need to configure it to use a different port. If it's not Skype, it may be that you're running another web server or IIS (Microsoft Internet Information Server, the web server that comes with Windows), which you'll need to quit.
Q: This course was updated on 07/06/2012. What changed?
A: A few of the WampServer movies were updated to reflect the new user interface. We also added movies on installing Bitnami, an open source stack solution, and troubleshooting Apache to work with IPV6 on Windows 8.
Q: This course was updated on 01/09/2012. What changed?
A: Two new movies were added to Chapter 2, "Installing Separate Components on Mac OS X," to reflect the changes in the latest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion (version 10.8). These movies cover activating Apache and configuring personal site folders in Mountain Lion.
Q: This course was updated on 8/23/2013. What changed?
A: We added new software download locations and coverage of Apache HTTP Server 2.4 on Windows, as well as information on managing Apache from the command prompt, editing hidden config files with the nano editor, and installing the new version of Bitnami on Windows and Mac OS X.
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