How to setup LAMP server on AWS using Amazon Linux AMI

Category: Tech Stuff | Last updated: November 11, 2020

The following steps will help you to install an Apache web server with PHP and MySQL on your Amazon Linux instance.

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  1. Launch EC2 Instance:
    • Sign into your AWS account and go to "EC2" service section.
    • In "EC2 Dashboard" click "Launch Instance" button.
    • Select "Amazon Linux AMI 2018.03.0 (HVM), SSD Volume Type".
    • In next screen, select appropriate instance type. You can choose the one which is marked "Free tier eligible" to get started. This can be changed later.
    • Click "Review and Launch" button.
    • During this process, you will asked to select a "Key Pair" to use with this instance. You can either use an existing key pair or create a new one.
    • Download the key pair that you selected. Let's say you saved it with name myserver.pem
    • Launch the instance.
  2. Install Apache/PHP/MySQL:
    • On your local system, using the terminal, navigate to the directory where you stored the myserver.pem file.
    • Update permissions for this file - chmod 400 myserver.pem
    • SSH into your instance using following command:
      • ssh -i "myserver.pem" ec2-user@{your public dns}
        • You can get the public DNS by selecting your instance in the "Instances" page
      • Example:
        • ssh -i "myserver.pem"
    • Update your instance:
      •  sudo yum update -y
    • Install Apache, PHP and MySQL:
      • sudo yum install -y httpd24 php72 mysql57-server php72-mysqlnd
    • Start the Apache Web Server:
      • sudo service httpd start
    • Configure the Apache web server to start whenever system boots:
      • sudo chkconfig httpd on
    • Verify the configuration:
      • chkconfig --list httpd
      • It should show following:
        • httpd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
    • Make sure that the security group used by the instance allows HTTP traffic (port 80)
    • Go to your Public DNS, it shall show Apache test page similar to following:
  3. Add/update files to document root:
    • By default Apache document root directory is /var/www/html and ec2-user doesn't have permissions to update files in this directory.
    • To allow ec2-user to make changes to this directory, we need to change the ownership and permissions of this directory.
    • We will add ec2-user to apache group and then give apache group ownership of the /var/www directory
      • sudo usermod -a -G apache ec2-user
    • Logout and SSH to your instance again 
      • exit
      • ssh -i "myserver.pem"
    • Verify that you have been added to apache group:
      • groups
        • It shall list apache in the groups list, such as:
        • ec2-user wheel apache
    • Change ownership of /var/www directory
      • sudo chown -R ec2-user:apache /var/www
    • Provide write permissions to the group
      • sudo chmod 2775 /var/www
      • find /var/www -type d -exec sudo chmod 2775 {} \;
      • find /var/www -type f -exec sudo chmod 0664 {} \;
  4. Test your LAMP server:
    • Create a PHP file named phpinfo.php in your server's document root /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
    • It shall just have following content:
      • <?php
    • In web browser, visit above file using the public DNS of your instance such as:
        • You should see PHP info page similar to following
  5. Configure database server:
    • Start the MySQL server:
      • sudo service mysqld start
    • Execute mysql_secure_installation command to setup root user password and other settings
      • sudo mysql_secure_installation
        • When prompted, enter password for the root user and make sure to save it
          • By default the root account does not have any password so you can simply press Enter when asked for root password
      • Type Y to remove anonymous user accounts
      • Type Y to disable remote root login
      • Type Y to remove the test database
      • Type Y to reload the privilege tables and save your changes
    • To start MySQL server on every boot:
      • sudo chkconfig mysqld on

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