Install Homebrew to setup you local development stack in OSX

Local dev. setup by using homebrew

Note:An quick, stort and easy starting point. Does not provide any background information outside the needed steps getting PHP, Apache and the database server running.
Tested on OS X 10.8.x/10.9.x.

How to install PHP

Nothing is stopping you from having different PHP installations at the same time. PHP 5.5/5.3 is installed the same way as PHP 5.4 by simply replacing php54 with php55/php53.

    brew tap homebrew/dupes
    brew tap homebrew/php

Install PHP 5.4 with PostgreSQL and Mariadb support

  brew install php54 --with-pgsql

Any extra module you need. Examples

    brew install php54-apc
    brew install php54-uploadprogress

Any problems try installing upload progress with:

    brew install --with-homebrew-php php54-uploadprogress).

Install usefull PHP debugging tools

    brew install php54-xhprof
    brew install php54-xdebug

Find other build options by running

    'brew options php54'

PHP from homebrew also introduce seperate php.ini file. You will find them in '/usr/local/etc/php//php.ini

Config php.ini

Make sure your timezone is set up correct.
date.timezone = Europe/Oslo

Set up your shell.

Make sure that your shell is using PHP provided by homebrew. Add this to your ~/.bash_profile.

export PATH="$(brew --prefix homebrew/php/php55)/bin:$PATH"

verify that this is working by running

source ~/.bash_profile
php -v

Configure Apache

OS X stock Apache config file is found at '/private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf' and you need to tell apache to use the new homebrew PHP module instead to the system default one.

Uncomment line:
'LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/'

Inclue something along these lines:
LoadModule php5_module /usr/local/opt/php54/libexec/apache2/

Install PostgreSQL server

  • brew install postgres

Initialize the postgresql data storage area (directory).
initdb /usr/local/var/postgres

Start the postgres server:
postgres -D /usr/local/var/postgres

or start with postgres utility pg_ctl:
pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres -l /usr/local/var/postgres/server.log start

Create your users and db by using, createdb and createuser.

To stop the server: 'pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres stop'
If the server is having problem stoping, try: 'pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres stop -m fast'

Find more by running 'brew info postgresql'.

Optional tap/keg

  • brew tap petere/postgresql
  • brew install postgresql-9.3

To use this PostgreSQL installation, do one or more of the following:

  • Call all programs explicitly with /usr/local/opt/postgresql-9.3/bin/...
  • Add /usr/local/opt/postgresql-9.3/bin to your PATH
  • brew link -f postgresql-9.3
  • Install the postgresql-common package

This formula is keg-only: so it was not symlinked into /usr/local.

Install postgresql-common

  • brew install --HEAD postgresql-common

Install MariaDB

Note: Building on OSX 10.9 will req. you to install gcc-42 first.
brew install apple-gcc42

  • brew install mariadb
  • Init db

unset TMPDIR

Start db server with: 'mysql.server start'
or if problems try using: 'mysqld_safe --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql'

Configure your admin user and password: 'mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password''