Installing Apache2, MariaDB on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 with PHP 7.2 Support (LAMP)

We recently showed students and new users how to install Nginx, MariaDB with PHP 7.2 support on Ubuntu… this post is installing Apache2 with LAMP instead of Nginx….

LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache2, MariaDB or MySQL and PHP… It’s the building block for majority of the content management systems in use today, like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many more…

If you’re going to be developing any PHP based applications or websites with support for Apache2 and MariaDB, then you’re going to probably need the latest version of PHP installed…

With PHP 7.2 released, you can now include the latest PHP version with your stack to improve the performance of the sites and applications… This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu Linux 16.04, 17.10 and 18.04 LTS server.

To get started with install LAMP with PHP 7.2 support, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server represents the A in the LAMP stack… It’s the most popular web server installed today ahead of all the other webservers…

To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below…

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below.. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected..

ex.. http://localhost

apache2 ubuntu install

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database server… Although MySQL was originally the default database server, MariaDB has taken over.. To install it run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots..

On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

On Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on… if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

mariadb welcome

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

PHP 7.2 isn’t available on Ubuntu default repositories… in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 FPM and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-intl php7.2-mysql php7.2-cli php7.2-zip php7.2-curl

After install PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP-FPM default file.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

Step 4: Restart Apache2

Unlike Nginx, there’s nothing to configure.. after install PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations…

Re restart Apache2, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file.. then browse to your server hostname followed by phpinfo.php

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see PHP default test page…

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

That’s it! This is how to install LAMP with the latest PHP 7.2 Support on Ubuntu

Enjoy~

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4 Replies to “Installing Apache2, MariaDB on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 with PHP 7.2 Support (LAMP)

  1. Hi Sir,

    I am using Debian 9.
    But PHP 7.2 is not installing according to your given commands. What should I do?

  2. I am having an issue on step 3, installation of PHP. (Steps 1 and 2 went fine.
    SO, after entering ‘sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php’, it presents information and also lists CAVATS and # 2 states:
    “If you are using apache2, you are advised to add ppa:ondrej/apache2”
    So I added that with ‘sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/apache2’ as well.
    After sudo apt update, I tried adding the modules as you posted above, and then received the following errors:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    php7.2-intl : Depends: php7.2-common (= 7.2.9-1+ubuntu18.04.1+deb.sury.org+1) but 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 is to be installed
    php7.2-mbstring : Depends: php7.2-common (= 7.2.9-1+ubuntu18.04.1+deb.sury.org+1) but 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 is to be installed
    php7.2-soap : Depends: php7.2-common (= 7.2.9-1+ubuntu18.04.1+deb.sury.org+1) but 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 is to be installed
    php7.2-zip : Depends: php7.2-common (= 7.2.9-1+ubuntu18.04.1+deb.sury.org+1) but 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 is to be installed
    Depends: libzip4 (>= 1.0) but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    Any Idea how to correct these? I have searched all over Google with no luck.

  3. For previous post I forgot to mention:
    From the command: lsb_release -a
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS
    Release: 18.04
    Codename: bionic

    And it is Server version

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