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local web server on mac

Discussion in 'XenForo Development Discussions' started by Robust, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    Coming from a Windows background and not using a Mac much I dunno how to host a web server for XenForo development. How do you do it (assuming you're like me and use a local development server). Preferably not paid.
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Mac has Apache built in; then you just need to install MySQL and PHP.

    To make it a bit easier, MAMP is what I used originally. Now I know more about Macs I installed nginx and MariaDB manually.
    Andrej likes this.
  3. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    I am a system administrator, I can use nginx and stuff if it's basically the same procedure as I do on Debian or my other distros. No experience with Macs though. If it's completely different, MAMP any good? Basically like WAMP? @Chris D
  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Basically like WAMP yeah. Installs it all for you and provides an interface to manage it all.
  5. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

    I use AMPPS on my Macs. Love it!
  6. Dakota Storm

    Dakota Storm Well-Known Member

    Couldn't you install a Linux partition? I did this on my windiws box, specifically for using it as a local server.
  7. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    @TwistedMerlin My disk storage is already quite low and I don't have an external HDD lying around, so I don't think that's a possibility right now.
  8. Aayush

    Aayush Well-Known Member

    I've tried AMPPS, but still I use MAMP due to a better interface. But lately I have been encountering issues with MAMP too like random hosts file rewrite and problems with closing on shutdown. So I think I'll be using Vagrant too for XF development soon enough.
  9. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    You could install VirtualBox on your Mac, and run a debian server VM when you're wanting to do XF dev.
  10. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    Even with a terrible interface, AMPPS is an amazing tool for this. MAMP was blazing fast but I had too many issues, for one config.php wouldn't update

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