How To Install Php, Mysql & Nginx On Mac Os X With Homebrew

Installing PHP, Mysql & Nginx on Mac OS X with Homebrew, step by step

Rodrigo Queiroz
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20 Nov 2013
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We are all familiar with the Apache web-server, it is indeed a great HTTP server, but like many other piece of software out there, it has it's downside and performance wise it is not great for high traffic websites, unless you have an extremely powerful servers with a lot of resources to spare.

NGINX is a free open source HTTP web-server; It is very powerful and full of features and most importantly, it is a high performance web-server.

In this tutorial you will learn how to install NGINX web-server on you Mac OS X with the help of Homebrew.

Homebrew is a great package manager for Mac OS X and can be easily installed.

Installing Homebrew

You can install Homebrew with a single command if you don’t already have it.

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Installing PHP 5.4 (with FPM)

You can search for available PHP formulas (In Homebrew formulas are equivalent to packages in aptitude)

brew search php

It will return a long list of php 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 packages. We need 5.4. Tap it using:

brew tap josegonzalez/php 
brew tap homebrew/dupes

Note: If you do not tap homebrew/dupes you will get Error: No available formula for zlib.

You can also pass options like you do when compiling files under Linux, before you pass any parameter I suggest you look at your options with: 

brew options php54

Build it using:

brew install php54 --with-fpm  --with-imap  --without-apache --with-debug

It will take a while; you can verify the php & php-fpm version with php –v or php-fpm –v respectively.

Adding PHP-FPM to startup routine

Check that you have the exact plist filename in /usr/local/Cellar/php54/.

cp /usr/local/Cellar/php54/5.4.20/homebrew-php.josegonzalez.php54.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Start PHP-FPM:

launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew-php.josegonzalez.php54.plist


launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew-php.josegonzalez.php54.plist

Installing MySQL

Type in the command line:

brew install mysql --enable-debug

Adding MySQL to startup routine

Check that you have the exact plist filename in /usr/local/Cellar/mysql/.

cp /usr/local/Cellar/mysql/5.6.13/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Start mysql:

launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist

Stop mysql:

launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist

Manual Start/Stop

Start mysql:

/usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start

Stop mysql:

/usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop

See other options /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server -h .

Usage: mysql.server {start|stop|restart|reload|force-reload|status} [ MySQL server options ]

Changes to MySQL Config (optional)

For security

MySQL has a wizard tool which walk you through some security questions that might improve you server configuration. For instance you might want to change the root password and so on.


Installing NGINX

Type in the command line:

brew install nginx

Adding NGINX to startup routine

Check that you have the exact plist filename in /usr/local/Cellar/nginx/.

cp /usr/local/Cellar/nginx/1.4.2/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Start nginx:

launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist

Stop nginx:

launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist