The objective of this article is LAMP setup. Installing LAMP on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver includes the setup of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP server, also known as LAMP stack.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver


Privileged access to to your Ubuntu 18.04 system will be required.


  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


Install LAMP Ubuntu 18.04

Using the tasksel command the procedure of installing LAMP on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver is a rather trivial matter. First, make sure that you have the tasksel package installed:
$ sudo apt install tasksel
To install LAMP server using tasksel execute:
$ sudo tasksel install lamp-server

Test your LAMP Install

Create a simple PHP Info page to test your LAMP installation:
$ sudo bash -c "echo -e '<?php\nphpinfo();\n?>' > /var/www/html/phpinfo.php"
The above command will create a new /var/www/html/phpinfo.php file with the following content:
$ cat /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
Now, point your web browser to your new LAMP install using the following URL: http://<YOUR SERVER DOMAIN OR IP ADDRESS HERE>/phpinfo.php:

install lamp ubuntu 18.04
Install LAMP Ubuntu 18.04: Confirm Setup Page
All done. Below you can find some optional tasks to further configure your LAMP stack server.

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Optional LAMP Setup

MySQL Secure Installation

It is recommended to secure your MySQL installation before using your LAMP stack server in production. To do so execute:
$ mysql_secure_installation

Firewall Configuration

The following firewall configuration allows incoming traffic on TCP ports 80 and 443:
$ sudo ufw allow in "Apache Full"

Install PHP Modules

The default LAMP stack comes pre-installed with basic PHP modules. There are many additional PHP modules available $ apt-cache search ^php- | grep module. First, obtain a PHP module package name and then install it using:
$ sudo apt install MODULE_NAME_HERE

Appendix: LAMP install error messages

Warning Message:
AH00558: apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using Set the 'ServerName' directive globally to suppress this message
Solution: Open /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and insert the following directive at the end of the file:
Alternatively, use the echo command. This example will be used for a server with the IP address Change your server IP or Domain name accordingly:
$ sudo bash -c "echo ServerName >> /etc/apache2/apache2.conf"
Confirm your new configuration:
$ sudo apache2ctl configtest
Syntax OK
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