LAMP is a an acronym for a combined set of software to run a web server containing the following software products: Apache, MySQL, and Perl, Python, or PHP. The "L" stands for Linux, therefore there is also an acronym named WAMP representing the Windows operating system. This also means that the title of this article is misleading. The approach is to install the same combined set of software, but using NetBSD as the operating system instead of Linux.

In the following examples, we will install all components using pkgsrc, building all packages from source.


  1. Installing the Apache web server
  2. Installing MySQL
  3. Installing the PHP module for Apache
  4. Installing the MySQL module for PHP
  5. See also
  6. Commands

Installing the Apache web server

The new Apache 2.4 server comes with two different threading models from which prefork is installed by default. It is not recommended to use the Worker model, if you wish to use Apache and PHP. As that is the case, we will install a default Apache 2.4 server.

# cd /usr/pkgsrc/www/apache24
# make install clean clean-depends

This will install the Apache 2.4 server and all its dependencies. If your build was successful, you should now edit the Apache configuration file /usr/pkg/etc/httpd/httpd.conf to fit your needs. At least set the Listen Attribute and your ServerName. Please ensure that if your machine's hostname does not globally resolve, to put it into your /etc/hosts file, otherwise Apache will refuse to start.

If you wish to start the Apache web server at boot time, please copy the rc.d example script from /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/apache to /etc/rc.d and then add apache=yes to your /etc/rc.conf file.

# cp /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/apache /etc/rc.d

If you want to copy the rc.d scripts automatically with pkgsrc, you can use:


in your /etc/mk.conf

You can now start, stop, and restart the Apache web server using apachectl, or using boot script /etc/rc.d/apache

To start the server enter:

# apachectl start


# /etc/rc.d/apache start

To stop the server, substitute start with stop. If you're running a production server, pay attention to the apachectl graceful option.

Installing MySQL

You can skip this part, if you don't want to install a MySQL server. To install the MySQL server enter:

# cd /usr/pkgsrc/databases/mysql57-server
# make install clean clean-depends

This will install the MySQL server and all its dependencies, like the MySQL client.

Configuring the MySQL server

Please copy the example start script to /etc/rc.d

# cp /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/mysqld /etc/rc.d

and add mysqld=yes to your /etc/rc.conf

You can now start, stop, and restart the MySQL server using

# /etc/rc.d/mysqld start

to start and respectively stop and restart.

The default MySQL server database root password is auto-generated and marked expired upon creation. For security reasons, you should set your root password as soon as possible.

You can pass most of the options to the server via the file /etc/my.cnf. If you want the server to listen only on localhost, for instance, create /etc/my.cnf and add


and restart your MySQL server. To check if your MySQL server is really listening only on localhost, use ?sockstat.

# sockstat -l

For many more options, consider reading the MySQL Documentation.

Installing the PHP module for Apache

# cd /usr/pkgsrc/www/ap-php
# make install clean

This will install by default the latest version of PHP 7.x and the PHP7 module for Apache 2.4

Configuring PHP

You should now add the LoadModule and the PHP Handlers definitions to your Apache Configuration File /usr/pkg/etc/httpd/httpd.conf

Add following lines:

LoadModule php7_module /usr/pkg/lib/httpd/


AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

and if you wish

DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

Installing the MySQL module for PHP

This step is important and enables you to make MySQL database connections from your PHP script.

cd /usr/pkgsrc/databases/php-mysql/
make install clean

Now edit /usr/pkg/etc/php.ini and add the line

You need this to enable MySQL functions in your PHP module.

Now restart your Apache web server. To test if PHP is working, create a small file called test.php in your document root directory, which is by default /usr/pkg/share/httpd/htdocs, containing only one line with the function phpinfo().

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

If you use PHP7 and wish to use short tags like <? phpinfo() ?>, then edit your /usr/pkg/etc/php.ini file and change option short_open_tag = Offto On to make this line work. In PHP7 short_open_tag is off by default.

Open your browser and point it to this URL:

You should now see a website with information regarding your PHP installation and a table named mysql, in the middle of the document, with MySQL information.

That's it. You can now install software like a phpMyAdmin, or a Wiki. Have fun.

See also