By the end of this article, you will able to install WordPress locally on a mac without MAMP.
What is MAMP?
To start with, let me tell you that it’s been a while that Apple is shipping MacBook Pro with Apache installed on it by default.
So, you don’t have to worry about any server to install locally on your MacBook Pro in order to setup any website.
You will just have to install MySQL to start building websites.
To set up Apache, MySQL & PHP on your MacBook Pro, this is the best resource on the internet I have come across and this article keeps getting updated for every new release Mac comes up with.
This article covers following steps –
1. Download Latest WordPress
Get a latest WordPress here
2. Copy it to Document Root of Apache Server – Where is apache document root on Mac?
Default Document root for Apache is /usr/local/var/www, if you want to keep the document root path the same then simply copy the downloaded WordPress zip to /usr/local/var/www folder.
If you want to change the document root to some other folder like /Users/your_user/Sites ( most of the times it is recommended to have all the your web development projects in this folder)
So, you can change it here – /usr/local/etc/httpd/httpd.conf.
In my case – DocumentRoot “/Users/rohu/Sites”, I have created a folder with the name my-life. So I have copied it to /Users/rohu/Sites/my-life/ folder.
I unzipped the downloaded WordPress folder and named the folder as wordpress-5.7. Therefore my wordpress is located at /Users/rohu/Sites/my-life/wordpress-5.7
3. Add Virtual Host – how to create a virtual host in mac Big Sur OSX?
To add virtual host for WordPress, this is the file you edit – in /usr/local/etc/httpd/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf file
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
Require all granted
Add Host entry in – /private/etc/hosts file
4. Restart Apache Server – How to restart Apache server on Mac Big Sur OSX
Once the virtual host entry is updated, don’t forget to restart apache server with following command
sudo apachectl start
5. Create a Database for WordPress
Go to your phpmyadmin and create DB with name of your choice, in my case – wordpress57
6. Run the virtual host domain in the browser
Once the virtual host entry and DB are created, the final step is to type in the newly created virtual host domain in the browser and hit enter. You will get the following screen
Step 1 – Select Primary Language of the Site
Step 2 – Check the List of items you need to further continue with the installation.
- Database name – Database to store WordPress data
- Database username – username of Database to connect your WP site with your DB
- Database Password – password of Database to connect your WP site with your DB
- Database host – mostly it is localhost – so no need to change anything here
- Table prefix – This is just to have some unique DB table names for your website. If WP did not have this provision then every WordPress Database on the internet would have the same table names which is not a great idea.
Step 3 – Fill the correct values in the DB connection details form
Step 4 – In this step WordPress will tell you that everything you entered in step 3 is all good and now WP is ready to get installed on your MacBook Pro.
Step 5 – At this step, WP is installed but it needs some essential information like Site title and a user account with an email to create an admin account to access the WP backend.
Step 6 – Finally WordPress is installed and you are all set to go…
I have a full-fledged video on my Youtube Channel which will guide you on how you can install WordPress locally on your MacBook Pro.
WordPress Admin Dashboard Panel
WordPress 5.7 default HomePage
MAMP is just a tool that lets you install the software and tools required for building any website or web application whereas WordPress is a Content Management System CMS which is one of the Web development frameworks which can be used to build a website. It is always better to have your web development environment setup done using a command-line interface.
does WordPress work on mac?
WordPress is a CMS content management system that can be used to built websites, blogs, or even app. Therefore, WordPress is not a Software that can be installed on Mac or any machine, it is basically a set of files and folder with .php extension which has some code written in PHP language, which to execute requires a server like Apache or Nginx and you can see WordPress in action on any browser. So WordPress is not Operating System dependent. Hence WordPress can work on any OS be it Mac, Windows, Linux, or any other OS, as it only requires a server.