LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache2, MariaDB or MySQL and PHP… It’s the building block for majority of the content management systems in use today, like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many more…
If you’re going to be developing any PHP based applications or websites with support for Apache2 and MariaDB, then you’re going to probably need the latest version of PHP installed…
With PHP 7.2 released, you can now include the latest PHP version with your stack to improve the performance of the sites and applications… This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu Linux 16.04, 17.10 and 18.04 LTS server.
To get started with install LAMP with PHP 7.2 support, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu
Apache2 HTTP Server represents the A in the LAMP stack… It’s the most popular web server installed today ahead of all the other webservers…
To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below…
sudo apt update sudo apt install apache2
After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.
sudo systemctl stop apache2.service sudo systemctl start apache2.service sudo systemctl enable apache2.service
To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below.. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected..
then sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
Require all granted
write sudo a2enmod rewrite
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database server… Although MySQL was originally the default database server, MariaDB has taken over.. To install it run the commands below.
sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client
After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots..
On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
sudo systemctl stop mysql.service sudo systemctl start mysql.service sudo systemctl enable mysql.service
On Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 LTS
sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service sudo systemctl start mariadb.service sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service
After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.
When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.
- Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
- Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
- New password: Enter password
- Re-enter new password: Repeat password
- Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
- Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
- Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]: Y
- Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]: Y
Restart MariaDB server
To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then type the password you created above to sign on… if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message
Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules
PHP 7.2 isn’t available on Ubuntu default repositories… in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.
Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2
sudo apt update
Run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 FPM and related modules.
sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-intl php7.2-mysql php7.2-cli php7.2-zip php7.2-curl
After install PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP-FPM default file.
sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini
Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.
file_uploads = On allow_url_fopen = On memory_limit = 256M upload_max_filesize = 100M max_execution_time = 360 date.timezone = America/Chicago
After making the change above, save the file and close out.
Step 4: Restart Apache2
Unlike Nginx, there’s nothing to configure.. after install PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations…
Re restart Apache2, run the commands below
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service
To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below
sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
Then type the content below and save the file.
<?php phpinfo( ); ?>
Save the file.. then browse to your server hostname followed by phpinfo.php
You should see PHP default test page…
That’s it! This is how to install LAMP with the latest PHP 7.2 Support on Ubuntu