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How to Install Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP) stack on Ubuntu 16.04

LAMP Illustration by Walker Cahall
LAMP Illustration by Walker Cahall

Verified and Tested 06/22/16


In this How-To, we install LAMP on an Ubuntu 16.04 Server. LAMP is a simple software bundle made of 4 components, Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Linux the core of the platform, in this case, we are using Ubuntu 16.04. Apache is the web server, majority of the web servers in the world are running Apache MySQL is a database management system, developed by Oracle. PHP is an extremely popular programming language that is widely used in web development. Altogether this forms LAMP or LAMP stack.

Installing LAMP

Before we begin the installation, it is important that your system is up to date, you can do so with the following command:

apt update

Once updating, we can get to the first step of making a LAMP stack by installing Apache.

Installing Apache

Install Apache by running the following command:

apt install apache2

Hit enter to when it asks “Do you want to continue?” during the install.

After the install, you can check to see if Apache is running by running the command:

service apache2 status

Also, you can verify if all is working by opening your browser and going to http://youripaddress

If you do not know your IP address, you can run the following command:

An example of ifconfig showing the IP address

In our case, we would put in your browser’s address bar and get the following page:

The default page for Apache on Ubuntu 14.04

Installing MySQL

Install MySQL with the following command:

sudo apt install mysql-server php7.0-mysql

Hit enter to when it asks “Do you want to continue?” during the install.

During the install, it will prompt you to enter a MySQL root password. Set any password that you would like. It should be a strong password.

Enter a strong password of your choice

After you enter your MySQL root password, you will need to re-enter it.

Re-enter the password you set before

Continue with the MySQL Security installation with the following command:


Note: You will be prompted with a series of questions. Just type N for the change root password and Y for yes on all of the rest, see the screen shot below:

An example of what mysql_secure_installation looks like

Verify that MySQL is running with the following command:

service mysql status

Installing PHP

Install PHP with the following command:

apt install php libapache2-mod-php

Hit enter to when it asks “Do you want to continue?” during the install.

Create a test PHP file called info.php in /var/www/html/. In this how-to, we will be using the text editor nano with the following command:

nano /var/www/html/info.php

Insert the following code in the text editor then save and exit:


Since we made changes, we need to restart Apache so that the changes take effect:

service apache2 restart

Test your page in your browser with the following hyperlink changed with your IP address:


The result of the file you made.

Congratulations! You have just installed LAMP on your Ubuntu 16.04 Server. Thank you for following this How-To on installing LAMP, please check back for more updates or head over to our blog and check out useful articles like LAMP vs. WAMP: Why do Startups Prefer LAMP to WAMP?


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