How to Install a LAMP stack on CentOS, Fedora, or Red Hat


This article provides instructions for installing a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on your server. Linux (CentOS, Fedora, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux) is your operating system, and Apache is your web daemon, which serves information that is stored in your MySQL database through PHP scripting for your users. By the end of this article, you will have a fully operational LAMP server, ready to serve out multiple virtual hosts.

Prerequisites

  • Basic understanding of SSH.
  • Ability to copy and paste.

Install the LAMP stack

Log on to your server via SSH and then complete the following steps for your preferred set up method.

One-line command method

Use the following one-line command for an expedient set up of your LAMP server on your server operating system:

sudo sh -c "yum install httpd httpd-devel mysql mysql-server mysql-devel php php-mysql php-common php-gd php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-devel php-xml -y; service mysqld start && mysql_secure_installation && service mysqld restart && service httpd start && chkconfig httpd on && chkconfig mysqld on &&iptables -I INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT && /etc/init.d/iptables save"

Individual commands method

The following steps break the preceding one-line command into individual steps.

    1. Install the necessary packages:
      sudo yum install httpd httpd-devel mysql mysql-server mysql-devel php php-mysql php-common php-gd php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-devel php-xml -y
    2. Run the following command to start and secure the MySQL server:
      sudo sh -c "service mysqld start && mysql_secure_installation"
    3. Provide answers for the following system prompts:
      • Current mysql password: Leave blank.
      • New password: You decide, but make it secure.
      • Delete test data?: Select Yes.
      • Remove anonymous-user accounts?: Select Yes.
      • Allow remote users?: Select No.
    4. Enter the following command to restart mysqld, start httpd, and configure httpd and mysqld to start on boot.
      sudo sh -c "service mysqld restart && service httpd start && chkconfig httpd on && chkconfig mysqld on"
    5. Allow web traffic through the firewall:
      sudo sh -c "iptables -I INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT && /service iptables save"

      This command allows port 80 (web) inbound traffic through the firewall, and saves the rule for reboots.

    The installation is complete. To test it, browse to http://serverIpAddress/.

     

     



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