Apache, MySQL & PHP on OS X Mavericks

I hadn’t really anticipated using this blog any time soon, but since I just got asked a bunch of questions the other day about setting up Apache, php and MySQL on OS X 10.9 Mavericks this seemed to be a good occasion to recycle the following instructions.

Updated instructions for OS X 10.10 Yosemite are available here.

OS X 10.9 ships with both a recent version of Apache (2.2.x), as well as PHP (5.4.x), so you’ll just have to install MySQL. To get everything up and running only a few steps are required.


First, you have to create a web root in your user account:

mkdir ~/Sites

Then add a configuration for your user:

sudo tee /etc/apache2/users/$USER.conf <<EOF
<Directory "/Users/$USER/Sites/">
Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
Allow from all

If you want to use vhosts, you’ll have to make sure that the vhosts config gets loaded:

sudo tee -a /etc/apache2/other/$USER-settings.conf <<EOF
Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

After that, configure vhosts as necessary in /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf (don’t forget to remove the examples in there).


PHP doesn’t get loaded by default. So we’ll also add it to our config:

sudo tee -a /etc/apache2/other/$USER-settings.conf <<EOF
LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so

You should also configure a few settings in /etc/php.ini:

sudo tee -a /etc/php.ini <<EOF
date.timezone = "`sudo systemsetup -gettimezone | awk '{print $3}'`"
display_errors = on
error_reporting = -1

To activate these settings you have to restart Apache:

sudo apachectl restart

If you also need PEAR/PECL, follow these instructions.


MySQL is not shipped with OS X, so we’ll have to install that manually. Instead of going for an installer package, we’ll use Homebrew. Once Homebrew is installed, installing MySQL is as simple as:

brew install mysql

If you want to start MySQL automatically, the following command will do the trick:

brew services start mysql

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