Mac OSX with MAMP
This topic covers setting up your Mac as a web server and installing SilverStripe.
OSX comes bundled with PHP and Apache, but you're stuck with the versions it ships with. It is also a bit harder to install additional PHP modules required by SilverStripe. MAMP is a simple way to get a complete webserver environment going on your OSX machine, without removing or altering any system-level configuration.
Check out the MAC OSX with Homebrew for an alternative, more configurable installation process.
Please check the system requirements for MAMP, you'll need a fairly new version of OSX to run it.
- Download MAMP
- Install and start MAMP
- Check out your new web server environment on
Composer is a dependancy manager for PHP, and the preferred way to install SilverStripe. It ensures that you get the correct set of files for your project. Composer uses your MAMP PHP executable to run and also requires git to automatically download the required files from GitHub and other repositories.
In order to install Composer, we need to let the system know where to find the PHP executable.
Open or create the
~/.bash_profile file in your home folder, then add the following line:
You'll need to adjust the PHP version number (
php5.5.22). The currently running PHP version is shown on
source ~/.bash_profile for the changes to take effect. You can verify that the correct executable
is used by running
which php. It should show the path to MAMP from above.
Now you're ready to install Composer: Run
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php.
We recommend that you make the
composer executable available globally,
which requires moving the file to a different folder. Run
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer.
More detailed installation instructions are available on getcomposer.org.
You can verify the installation by typing the
composer command, which should show you a command overview.
Finally, we're ready to install SilverStripe through composer:
composer create-project silverstripe/installer /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/silverstripe/.
After finishing, the installation wizard should be available at
The MAMP default database credentials are user
root and password
We have a separate in-depth tutorial for Composer Installation and Usage.