For some reason I can't use MacPorts. So the question is if it's possible to install Apache, PHP and MySQL on Snow Leopard w/o using MacPorts?

Please don't offer MAMP or other bundles.

Thanks in advance.

  • Why don’t you want MAMP?
    – duci9y
    Sep 20, 2012 at 15:30

1 Answer 1


Yes, Apache and PHP already come by default with a Mac OS X installation, and you can download an installer for MySQL on their website.

For a configuration guide, have a look at this related answer:

How to turn Mac OS X Lion into a web server?

The linked answer also applies to Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Another popular (and imo superior) way of running development environments is running a Linux server with your preferred configuration in a VirtualBox virtual machine. Vagrant makes this workflow even easier. This is a very flexible solution, as you can easily add custom extensions and more specifically for one project, without messing with one centralized install.


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