Installing LAMP stack on Ubuntu 20.04 in 5 Minutes

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This post will explain how to install LAMP stack on Ubuntu 20.04. LAMP stack consists of the following components:

  1. Linux - Any Linux based operating system
  2. Apache server - Apache is an open-source webserver
  3. MySQL - MySQL database
  4. PHP - PHP as a server-side programming language

These components work together to host single or multiple dynamic websites that are stable in production.

I will be using DigitalOcean for creating the VPS but you can use any service provider of your choice. As long as the operating system of your server is Ubuntu, this guide will work.

Before you go ahead and start installing the LAMP stack on Ubuntu, make sure you have a non-root user configured along with a server firewall for security purposes. If you don't know what I mean, have a look at this article to configure a non-root sudo user and a firewall on your server before you proceed further.

Installing Apache and allowing it through the firewall

Apache is an amazing open-source web server. Let's install it using the following commands:

sudo apt update

This command updates the package lists for upgrades. Let's run it to ensure that we install the up-to-date versions of the software later.

sudo apt install apache2

Press Y when prompted and the installation will finish after a while.

Let's allow Apache through the firewall using the following command:

sudo ufw allow in "Apache Full"

You can always issue the "sudo ufw status" command to verify the changes:

sudo ufw status

You can now go to the server URL (IP address) and the apache2 default page will be displayed on the screen

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the apache web server on your server

Installing MySQL on Ubuntu

MySQL is a very popular and open source database that can be used with almost any application to store huge amounts of data effectively.

Execute the following command to install MySQL on ubuntu:

sudo apt install mysql-server

confirm the installation by typing 'y' followed by the 'Enter'.

You should be able to login to MySQL console by typing the following command:

sudo mysql

To exit the MySQL console type exit in the MySQL console

exit

Installing PHP

We can install PHP by firing the following commands:

sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql

This will install the following 3 packages

  • php -  installs PHP
  • libapache2-mod-php - Used by apache to handle PHP files
  • php-mysql - PHP module that allows PHP to connect to MySQL 

Confirm the PHP installation by executing the below command:

php -v

Congratulations! You have successfully installed LAMP stack on your server. If you have any doubts, feel free to drop a comment below and I will get back to you!


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