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Mac OS X El Capitan

I’m assuming you like to install PHP 5.6 with MySQL and want something more than MAMP. Good news is that Mac OS X El Capitan comes with Apache so you simply have to configure it.

To begin, you will need Homebrew, if you don’t already have that, install it here.

Installing MySQL and PHP 5.6

brew install mysql
brew install php56
brew install php56-mcrypt

Configuring Apache httpd

Next you will need to edit your Apache configuration. Open /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf for that.

sudo nano /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf

Search for rewrite_module and php5_module.

You have to uncomment them and change them to the following:

LoadModule rewrite_module libexec/apache2/
LoadModule php5_module    /usr/local/opt/php56/libexec/apache2/

Notice that php5_module is referencing the Homebrew version. Note that your php.ini file can be found in: /usr/local/etc/php/5.6/php.ini

Starting the servers

Start MySQL this way:

mysql.server start

Start Apache this way (you will need sudo):

sudo apachectl start

Using VirtualHost

If you’re using VirtualHost, you will need to uncomment the following line in /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf. Search and uncomment this:

# Virtual hosts
Include /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

Next is to take a look at your VirtualHost file here /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf:

sudo nano /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

This is a sample of my VirtualHost:

<VirtualHost cors.kahwee:80>
    DocumentRoot "/Users/kahwee/projects/cors"
    ServerName cors.kahwee
    ErrorLog "/private/var/log/apache2/cors.kahwee-error_log"
    CustomLog "/private/var/log/apache2/cors.kahwee-access_log" common

<Directory /Users/kahwee/projects/>
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
  AllowOverride All
  Require all granted

Things to note in the above is the directory permissions. It may be different in your use case so be sure to set them properly. My project is using CakePHP is has the DocumentRoot in /Users/kahwee/projects/cors`

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