How to install, start and test MAMP on Windows
MAMP is a free distribution package that makes it easy to install Apache Web Server, PHP, and MySQL. Before installing MAMP, you should turn off any other web servers and instances of MySQL you have running on your Windows machine.
- Download the latest version of MAMP:
- Run the downloaded file (e.g., MAMP_MAMP_PRO_4.1.exe) and click through the installation wizard.
- If prompted, you do not need to install MAMP PRO or Apple Bonjour.
- Accept the License Agreement.
- Leave the default for the installation directory (C:\MAMP).
- Leave the default for the Start Menu folder (MAMP).
- Close the wizard when setup is finished.
Running MAMP on Windows
Be very careful to follow these steps exactly. MAMP can be finicky. If something goes wrong, often the easiest thing to do is uninstall MAMP and start the process over again.
To run MAMP...
- Navigate to C:\MAMP in Windows Explorer and open MAMP.exe. If you get a security alert, allow access. You should see a window like this one: The servers (Apache Server and MySQL Server) should have automatically started. If they did not, start them by clicking on Start Servers.
- Open MAMP Preferences:
- Change the Apache port to 8888:
- Click on Open WebStart Page: The following page should open in your browser:
- Download the class files
- After downloading the class files, create a folder in C:\MAMP\htdocs named "Webucator" and extract your class files in that folder:
- Rename the ClassFiles folder to php:
- To test that your setup so far is correct, open your browser and navigate to http://localhost:8888/Webucator/php/. You should get a listing like this:
- Click PHPBasics, then click Demos, and then hello-world.php. You should get a page that looks like this:
Setting the MySQL Password
The PHP files use "pwdpwd" for the MySQL root password, while the default password used in MAMP is "root". In your browser, navigate to http://localhost:8888/phpMyAdmin/.
Note: It is important to do these steps in the order specified.
- Click the mysql database on the left.
- Click the SQL tab at the top.
- Enter the following in the textbox under Run SQL query/queries on database mysql:
SET Password = 'pwdpwd'
- Click Go.
- You also need to update the password in C:\MAMP\bin\phpMyAdmin\config.inc.php. Open the file in your editor (e.g., Visual Studio Code) and change the password setting as show below to 'pwdpwd'.
Installing the poetree Database
Use phpMyAdmin to install the poetree database used in class.
- Click on the Import tab heading
- Click the Choose File button.
- Browse to the poetree-db.sql file in your class files (C:\MAMP\Webucator\php\poetree-dbsql).
- Click Open:
- Click the Go button on the bottom left of the page.
- You should get a Success message and poetree should be added to your list of Databases.
One Final Test
Point your browser to http://localhost:8888/Webucator/php/Database/Solutions/phppoetry.com/. If you see a page like this, you're all set:
And that's it
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