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  • Extending Apple Apache & PHP with Homebrew

    Posted on November 18th, 2014 PHP Guru No comments

    Quick start

    I recently got a new Macbook Pro (Mavericks) and decided to use the bundled Apache 2.2.6 and PHP 5.4.30.

    All you have to do is uncomment the PHP extension:

    LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so

    in /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf and start Apache:

    sudo apachectl start

    This had me up and running in no time, but after a few days I realized I needed some additional extensions, including MySQL, Mcrypt, Mongo and Redis.

    Brew to the rescue

    There’s no better package manager for Mac OS X than Homebrew (except possibly Macports). So after installing Homebrew:

    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

    I set off to install some additional software and PHP-native extensions:

    brew install redis
    redis-server start
    brew install php54-redis
    ==> Installing php54-redis from homebrew/homebrew-php
    ==> Downloading https://github.com/nicolasff/phpredis/archive/2.2.5.tar.gz
    ######################################################################## 100.0%
    ==> PHP_AUTOCONF="/usr/local/opt/autoconf/bin/autoconf" PHP_AUTOHEADER="/usr/local/opt/autoconf/bin/autoheader" /usr/local/Cellar/php54
    ==> ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/php54-redis/2.2.5 --with-php-config=/usr/local/Cellar/php54/5.4.33/bin/php-config
    ==> make
    ==> Caveats
    To finish installing redis for PHP 5.4:
    * /usr/local/etc/php/5.4/conf.d/ext-redis.ini was created,
    do not forget to remove it upon extension removal.
    * Validate installation via one of the following methods:
    * Using PHP from a webserver:
    * - Restart your webserver.
    * - Write a PHP page that calls "phpinfo();"
    * - Load it in a browser and look for the info on the redis module.
    * - If you see it, you have been successful!
    * Using PHP from the command line:
    * - Run "php -i" (command-line "phpinfo()")
    * - Look for the info on the redis module.
    * - If you see it, you have been successful!
    ==> Summary
    (beer) /usr/local/Cellar/php54-redis/2.2.5: 3 files, 216K, built in 9 seconds

    Okay, now I should be able to use Redis commands (PHPRedis) in PHP, right?

    Wrong! Whoops:

    sudo apachectl restart

    How about now?


    php -i | grep redis

    Nope, phpinfo() doesn’t show it.

    php -m | grep redis

    Nada; no Redis extension. Rat’s why didn’t that work?


    Let’s look back at the output from the brew php54-redis installer. This part in particular:

    * /usr/local/etc/php/5.4/conf.d/ext-redis.ini was created,

    So, what gives? That seems pretty legit. At least for an Apache & PHP config installed by Homebrew.

    Oh, right, we didn’t do that.

    Here’s the problem: That’s not where Apple’s default PHP build is configured to load extra parsed ini files from.

    That path, by default, is:


    To make the situation even more confusing, that path doesn’t even exist! And, it doesn’t even exist in any config file! It’s actually supplied as an argument (by someone at Apple who worked on the Mac OS X Mavericks Rom supplied to the Macbook Pro factory) when building the PHP binary:

    Configure Command => ... '--with-config-file-scan-dir=/Library/Server/Web/Config/php' ...

    which means we can’t even alter it without re-compiling PHP. Not that we couldn’t, but we don’t need to. Here’s why…

    Symlinks for fun and profit

    All we need to do is get the ini files created by homebrew installers to be loaded by the built-in Apache/PHP that ships with Apple and we are good to go.

    Create this lame, un-changeable non-existent directory tree (-p is recursive; go figure):

    sudo mkdir -p /Library/Server/Web/Config/php

    Next, symlink in there the redis.ini

    sudo ln -s /usr/local/etc/php/5.4/conf.d/ext-redis.ini /Library/Server/Web/Config/php/redis.ini

    Finally, restart Apache

    sudo apachectl restart

    Did that work?

    php -m | grep redis

    Yep, I take that as a good sign.

    All future installs of PHP extensions can be sudo symlinked into this same config-file-scan-dir and we’re good to go.

  • Apache, PHP and MySQL in 10 Minutes

    Posted on June 11th, 2011 phpguru No comments

    Whether you want to start developing web applications for the first time, you’re wanting to make better use of your local computer or a virtual machine to streamline development, create a development or staging server, or just checking back as a reference for a new platform, welcome to…

    Apache, PHP and MySQL in 10 Minutes

    In this guide you will find the resources needed to build a web development environment on the platform of your choice

    1. Choose Your Platform – Mac, Windows or Linux.
      1. Mac OS X Instructions
        1. Easy - Using MAMP
        2. Intermediate - Using built-in Apple Apache
      2. Windows Instructions
        1. Install WampServer
        2. Install XAMPP
      3. Linux Instructions
        1. Install LAMP stack on CentOS/RHEL
        2. Install LAMP stack on Debian/Ubuntu
        3. Install LAMP stack on Fedora
        4. Install LAMP stack on OpenSUSE
        5. Install LAMP stack on ArchLinux
      4. CPanel
        1. CPanel comes with Apache & PHP already installed, so here’s how to customize your install
        2. Note – make sure your config comes with WHM (Web Host Manager)
        3. Many ISPs call this a Reseller account
        4. How to use the EasyApache script
      5. Plesk
        1. Plesk comes with Apache & PHP already installed, so here’s how to customize your configuration
        2. Parallels Plesk Apache Configuration Guide
    2. Install any PHP Extensions you might need
      1. The one PHP extension that Kohana requires you that doesn’t come by default (See Kohana 3.1 in 5 minutes) is mcrypt:
      1. Pluging mcrypt into OS X
      2. Enabling mcrypt under WampServer
      3. Install mcrypt for php under Linux
      4. Install mcrypt under CPanel
    3. How to create a VirtualHost
      1. Find your Apache Config file
      2. Find your Apache VirtualHost config file
      3. Sample VirtualHost container
      4. <VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerName website.dev
        DocumentRoot "/Users/username/Sites/website.com"
      5. More from the Apache VirtualHost documentation
    4. How to edit your hosts file
      1. hosts file information
    5. Start Apache
      1. Start Apache
        1. Mac OS X:
          1. Terminal
            1. sudo apachectl start
          2. or start Web Sharing in System Preferences
        2. Windows
          1. WampServer – start all services using the taskbar tray icon
        3. Linux
          1. Debian/Ubuntu
            1. sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 [start | stop | restart ]
          2. Fedora
            1. service httpd [start | stop | restart]
          3. ArchLinux
            1. /etc/rc.d/httpd restart
          4. OpenSUSE
            1. apachectl [start | stop | restart]
    6. Test your install
      1. Go to http://localhost in your browser
      2. Are you seeing the Apache start page?
      3. If so, you are done. Congratulations! You just installed a web server.
    7. Install MySQL
      1. Mac OS X
        1. Installing MySQL on OS X
      2. Windows
        1. Installing MySQL on Windows
      3. Linux
        1. Installing from a binary
        2. Build MySQL 5.5 from source


    Now that you have a development environment, why not install a fantastic web development framework, such as Kohana.

    Ready for round two? Kohana 3.1 in 10 Minutes