LAMP is an open-source Web development platform used for hosting highly-scalable websites on the web. It uses Linux as the operating system, Apache as a web server, MariaDB or MySQL as a database server, and PHP, Python, or Perl as a programming language. A LAMP stack is an efficient and flexible method that enables competition with commercial software developers. As per global research, up to 80% of the Internet uses open-source programming and software.

In this post, we will show you how to install a LAMP stack on Arch Linux.

Step 1 – Configure Repository

By default, the default repository is outdated in Arch Linux, so you will need to modify the default mirror list. You can do it by editing the mirrorlist configuration file:

nano  /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Remove all lines and add the following lines:

## Score: 0.7, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 0.8, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 0.9, United Kingdom
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 1.5, United Kingdom
Server =$repo/os/$arch
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.6, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.7, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 6.8, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 7.1, India
Server =$repo/os/$arch
## Score: 10.1, United States
Server =$repo/os/$arch

Save and close the file, then update all the package indexes with the following command:

pacman -Syu

Step 2 – Install Apache Web Server

First, install the Apache web server with the following command:

pacman -Sy apache

Next, start the Apache service and enable it to start on system reboot:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

You can now check the status of Apache with the following command:

systemctl status httpd

You should see the following output:

● httpd.service - Apache Web Server
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; disabled; preset: disabled)
     Active: active (running) since Tue 2022-09-27 05:56:18 UTC; 2s ago
   Main PID: 55616 (httpd)
      Tasks: 82 (limit: 2362)
     Memory: 6.8M
     CGroup: /system.slice/httpd.service
             ├─55616 /usr/bin/httpd -k start -DFOREGROUND
             ├─55617 /usr/bin/httpd -k start -DFOREGROUND
             ├─55618 /usr/bin/httpd -k start -DFOREGROUND
             └─55619 /usr/bin/httpd -k start -DFOREGROUND

Sep 27 05:56:18 archlinux systemd[1]: Started Apache Web Server.

Next, create a simple index.html file to test the Apache web server.

nano /srv/http/index.html

Add the following codes:

   <h2>Welcome to LAMP Server</h2>

Save and close the file, then open your web browser and access the Apache web page using the URL http://your-server-ip. You should see the following screen:
Apache test page

Step 3 – Install MySQL Database Server

By default, the MySQL server package is included in the Arch Linux default repository. You can install it with the following command:

pacman -S mariadb

Next, initialize the MySQL database with the following command:

mysql_install_db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql

Next, start and enable the MySQL service with the following command:

systemctl enable mysqld
systemctl start mysqld

Step 4 – Install PHP

Next, install PHP and other required extensions using the following command:

pacman -S php php-apache

Once PHP is installed, edit the Apache configuration file and add PHP modules:

nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Comment out the following line:

#LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/

Uncomment the following line:

LoadModule mpm_prefork_module modules/

Add the following lines at the end of the file:

LoadModule php_module modules/
AddHandler php7-script php
Include conf/extra/php_module.conf

Save and close the file when you are finished.

Step 5 – Verify PHP Installation

Next, create a simple PHP file inside the Apache web root directory:

nano /srv/http/info.php

Add the following code:


Save and close the file, then restart the Apache server to apply the changes:

systemctl restart httpd

Now, open your web browser and verify the PHP using the URL http://your-server-ip/info.php. You should see the PHP page on the following screen:
PHP test page


In this post, we explained how to install the LAMP server on Arch Linux. You can now use the LAMP stack on the production environment and start developing and deploying a PHP-based application on the web. Try to install LAMP on dedicated hosting from Atlantic.Net!