A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing the LAMP Stack on Ubuntu

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LAMP is an acronym that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. It refers to a software stack that is used for building dynamic websites and web applications.

The components of the LAMP stack are:

  • Linux: A free and open-source operating system that is widely used as the server-side platform for web applications.
  • Apache: An open-source web server that is used to serve dynamic web pages and handle incoming HTTP requests.
  • MySQL: An open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) used to store, organize, and retrieve data for web applications.
  • PHP: An open-source server-side scripting language used to build dynamic web pages and handle server-side tasks.

Together, these components form a complete stack that can be used to build and run dynamic web applications. To install the LAMP stack on an Ubuntu system, you can follow these steps:

1. Install Apache

To install Apache web server, update your local package index by using “apt update” and then install the apache2 package using apt:

Command: apt install apache2

The above command will install Apache2 on your system.

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After the installation completes, the Apache service should start automatically. You can also check whether the service is running by running the below command.

Command: systemctl status apache2.service

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And to start the service, you can use the following command:

Command: systemctl start apache2.service

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To verify that Apache is running correctly, you can open your web browser and navigate to http://localhost. You should see the default Apache2 web page, which confirms that the installation was successful.

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2. Install MySQL

Next step is to install MySQL which is a database management system and is a necessary component of a LAMP stack because it is used by PHP to store information persistently.

To install MySQL, the command is:

Command: apt install mysql-server -y

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To start the MySQL Service, you can use the following command:

Command: systemctl start mysql

And to check the status, the command is “systemctl status mysql

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3. Install PHP

The third component of LAMP stack is PHP which is a server-side scripting language and is used to process dynamic content requests. It can be embedded into HTML code or used as a standalone programming language.

To install PHP, you can run the following command:

Command: sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql -y

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Once the installation completes, you can check the version of PHP that was installed by typing:

Command: php –version

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Now you have all of the components of the LAMP stack installed on your Ubuntu system.

Let’s create a sample PHP file and test it out.

Create a new file named as “test.php” under /var/www/html directory and write the following content into it:

Code: <?php echo "Welcome to Techhyme"; ?>

This line will output the text “Welcome to Techhyme” if the file is accessed through a web browser.

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Now, visit your localhost address (http://localhost/test.php) in a web browser, and you will see the text “Welcome to Techhyme” as shown below.

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