Installing PHP and MySQL on the Mac with MAMP

September 14, 2007

In my beginners php videos, I recommended XAMPP as the way to easily install Apache, PHP, MySQL on a MAC.

Well, I just discovered something called MAMP at:

This nifty little application allows you to (really easily) install Apache, PHP and MySQL. You are provided with a standard DMG file that you simply drag to your applications folder.

MAMP has a pro ($) and a standard version … all programmers need (to do their development on their local machines,) is the free standard version.

Once installed you can start MAMP up (and thus Apache, MYSQL) as you would any other program … and this is what you get:

Mamp Control Panel

As you can see, you can start and stop the servers and tweak the MAMP settings (example: where Apache looks for web pages … the Apache document root etc).

The MAMP ‘Start Page’:

Like XAMPP, MAMP comes with it’s own ‘Start Page’ where you can access:

  • MySQL password information.
  • phpMyAdmin
  • SQLightManager

The Screenshot:

Mamp Start Page

Dashboard Widget!

But what’s even more cool, is that MAMP comes with a Dashboard widget:

Mamp Dashboard widget


I am currently using MAMP to do some test on a PHP based CMS (Drupal) and MAMP allowed me to set up my Mac in about 5 minutes … maybe 4.

Stefan Mischook

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  3. Colin Author September 15, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Is there anyway I can find a download that isn’t in a .dmg extension?

  4. Stefan Mischook Author September 15, 2007 at 9:18 pm


    I’m not sure if I understand your question?

    Are you running a MAC? If not and it’s a Windows machine, then you should go with WAMP.


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