Complete solution to install Apache, PHP, and MySQL in Mac OS X El Capitan


The following will make your Mac like a web-server by Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

This post work correctly on the Particular El Capitan only.

Run Commands with Root permission

Launch Terminal ̣̣̣(Found in Application folder), then enter the following command line

sudo su -

Enable Apache on Mac OS X 10.11

Use the following command line

apachectl start

You can access the following url to make sure it works: http://localhost

Activate PHP for Apache

  • Edit the Apache configuration with “vi” by the following

vi httpd.conf

  • The move the # in font of the following line

LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/

  • Restart Apache by the following command line

apachectl restart

How to check if the PHP does work on your El Capitan?
Firstly, create a phpinfo.php into DocumentRoot (/Library/WebServer/Documents)

echo ‘<?php phpinfo();’ > /Library/WebServer/Documents/phpinfo.php

Then, you can access the following url if the PHP working: http://localhost/phpinfo.php

Steps to Install MySQL on Mac OS X El Capitan

Download then install MySQL.DMG for Mac from this official page:
The README recommend creating aliases for mysql and mysqladmin. However there are other commands that are helpful such as mysqldump. Instead, you can update your path to include /usr/local/mysql/bin.

export PATH=/usr/local/mysql/bin:$PATH

Note: To run the above command lines for your path to update, you will have to open a new Terminal windows.
If you need to do something else complicated to secure your Database, you should run mysql_secure_installation.

How to Connect PHP and MySQL

Enter the following command lines.

cd /var
mkdir mysql
cd mysql
ln -s /tmp/mysql.sock mysql.sock

Leave your comments if having further information. Cheers!