Verified and Tested 05/06/15
In this How-To, we will walk you through installing LAMP on your Ubuntu 15.04 cloud server. LAMP is simply a software bundle that consists of 4 components. Linux (L) is the core of the platform which will sustain the other components. Apache (A) is used for the web hosting service. MySQL (M) is used for database management. PHP (P) is the application programming language.
A server with Ubuntu 15.04 already installed. If you do not have a server already, consider a Virtual Private Server from Atlantic.net and be up in under 30 seconds.
Installing LAMP on Ubuntu 15.04
We will first start by installing Apache. Apache is an open source web server and is the most popular web server in the world.
Install Apache with the following command for to begin the install:
apt-get -y install apache2
Verify if all is working by opening your browser and going to http://<ipaddress>
If you are unsure what you IP address is run the following:
In this example, we would go do http://192.168.0.1 which should open a page looking like this
Apache Default Page
Installing MySQL (M)
Next we will install MySQL by running the following command:
apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
You will be prompted to enter a new password for MySQL “root” user, enter what you would like.
MySQL root database password
You are then asked to enter the password again.
Re-enter MySQL root database password
Once complete, you can verify MySQL is installed by running the below command.
systemctl status mysql
It will show active(running)
Next, you will want to secure MySQL by running the following command:
This command will first ask you for your current MySQL “root” user password which we created earlier when installing MySQL. Enter the password and continue. You are then asked if you would like to change the root password, type “n” and press enter unless you want to change it. The next couple of questions you will say yes to as it will secure your MySQL. The command will remove anonymous user access, disallow root login remotely, remove the test database and access to it. Last question is to reload the privilege tables, say yes and press Enter.
MySQL secure installation questions
To install PHP, run the following command:
apt-get -y install php5 php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5
To test PHP, we will save a basic PHP script under the web root directory. For Ubuntu 15.04, this is located in /var/www/html so we would want to open a test file called something like test.php by running the following command:
This will open an empty file, we will add the following text:
Save and close the file.
You will now need to restart Apache for the changes to take effect. To restart Apache, run the following command:
systemctl restart apache2
We can now test php by opening up an internet browser and opening up the PHP script we saved. In this article, our server IP address from earlier is 192.168.0.1 and the PHP script is saved under the web root directory named test.php. We will now enter for the URL http://192.168.0.1/test.php and press Enter. You will see the following screen if installed and working properly.
PHP Version and Information
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