Mac OS X – Update PHP, MySQL and Easily Add GD Support

If you have ever tried compiling the GD library on Mac OS X, you know that there are several issues to overcome before it is usable. Not to mention the version of PHP included with OS X wasn’t compiled with this option. In this post I will detail an easy method to update PHP, install MySQL and the GD library in just a few steps.

To start this process, we need to grab a couple of install packages from the links listed below:

Once you have these packages downloaded, we can start by installing MySQL. Open the MySQL image and install the package by following the directions. When the install process finishes, copy the MySQL.prefPane to “your_user/Library/PreferencePanes”. Doing this allows you to start and stop the server from the system preferences window. Finally, make sure you take the time to secure your new installation.

If you had previously enabled the PHP module in the httpd.conf file, make sure you comment it back out.

Using the terminal from: Applications=>Utilities=>Terminal.app
(The following commands are entered without quotes.)

  • First type: “vi /etc/apache2/httpd.conf”
  • Find the PHP module:
    LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
  • Type: “i” and change the line to read:
    #LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
  • Now press the “esc” key, type “:wq” and press “enter”

The next step in this process is to install an updated version of PHP with GD support. The great thing about using the Entropy package, is that all of the hard work is already done for you! Open the installer and click the customize button if you don’t need all of the included extensions.

Once you have chosen the extensions you need, click install. When the install finishes, the last thing we need to do is edit the php.ini.

Using the terminal from: Applications=>Utilities=>Terminal.app
(The following commands are entered without quotes.)

  • First type: “vi /usr/local/php5/lib/php.ini”
  • Now type: “?mysql” and scroll up until you get to the lines that look like this:
    mysql.default_socket = /tmp/mysql.sock
    mysqli.default_socket = /tmp/mysql.sock
  • Type “i” and change them to:
    mysql.default_socket = /var/mysql/mysql.sock
    mysqli.default_socket = /var/mysql/mysql.sock
  • Finally press the “esc” key, type “:wq” and press “enter”

Now all you have to do is start Web Sharing from the system preferences window and all of your new features will be ready to use.

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