Install Apache, MariaDB And PHP In FreeBSD10

This tutorial describes how to install AMP(Apache, MariaDB, PHP) server in FreeBSD 10.

We assume you have the FreeBSD Ports Collection installed. If not, do:

portsnap fetch
portsnap extract

If the Ports Collection is already installed,  update it  with :

portsnap fetch update

Okay, let’s   begin the  installation of the  componments

Install Apache

Navigate to the Apache server port and build it:

cd /usr/ports/www/apache24
make install clean

Edit /etc/rc.conf so that the Apache server will start automatically at system boot.

echo 'apache24_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

start Apache an check with http://IP-address.

/usr/local/etc/rc.d/apache24 start


Install MariaDB Database Server

cd /usr/ports/databases/mariadb55-server
make config ; make install clean

Edit rc.conf to start MariaDB at boot:

# vi /etc/rc.conf
# add mysql_enable

Now start MariaDB:

# service mysql-server start

Setup grant tables:

# cd /usr/local/   # mysql_install_db assumes its running from here
# mysql_install_db --user=mysql

Configure root password:

mysqladmin -u root password 'yournewpassword'

Grant root permission to connect remotely:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> grant all privileges on *.* to 'root'@'%' identified by 'appleton' with grant option;
mysql> exit;

Install PHP

Before we proceed to build PHP, we need to add a configuration option so that PHP build includes support for the Apache server.

 cd /usr/ports/lang/php55
 make config

A menu should come up allowing you to select/deselect various build options. You should select “Build Apache module”


now go ahead with setup:

make install clean

add support for both MySQL and MySQLi   to to communicate with the MySQL server.

cd /usr/ports/lang/php55-extensions/
make config


In the corresponding menu you should select “MySQL database support” and “MySQLi database support”.

start building:

 make install clean


Configuration of  PHP

cp /usr/local/etc/php.ini-development /usr/local/etc/php.ini

Now let’s configure Apache. Open the file /usr/local/etc/apache24/httpd.conf in your favourite editor and look for the following line:

DirectoryIndex index.html

And change it so it reads as follows:

 DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.php

AddType lines:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

Now restart Apache:

 /usr/local/etc/rc.d/apache24 restart

To check if your php is nstalled,

add the code test.php,

cd /usr/local/www/apache24/data/
vi   test.php

Add the following lines:


Restart apache and test:



Please note: For PhpMyadmin if you are working with php55 you will get this error:

===>  pecl-APC-3.1.14_1 cannot be installed: doesn't work with lang/php55 port (doesn't support PHP 5.5).
 *** Error code 1

You have to Downgrade to php53 to get rid off this error, else wait till this issue be fixed by FreeBSD  developers.