Installing XAMPP on Ubuntu Linux

How to install XAMPP on Ubuntu Linux

Hosting a website on a Linux system usually involves multiple software packages that operate together to deliver a web browsing experience to potential viewers. For example, it’s common for PHP to dynamically render web content but retrieve data from a database. These are two separate components and they must both be installed to present a website as intended.

XAMPP is a software stack that can run on Ubuntu Linux and make your life a little easier when it comes to web hosting. XAMPP stands for cross-platform (X), Apache (A), MariaDB (M), PHP (P), and Perl (P). These are all common components used in web hosting, and combining them into a single installation makes the initial setup less complicated. XAMPP also comes with Bitnami, which allows you to install content managements systems, such as WordPress, as well as other apps on top of your XAMPP installation if you choose.

In this guide, we’ll cover the installation of XAMPP on Ubuntu Linux. Follow along with our step by step instructions to get it setup on your own system.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install XAMPP on Ubuntu Linux
  • How to manage your XAMPP installation
Installing XAMPP on Ubuntu Linux

Installing XAMPP on Ubuntu Linux

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Checking PHP version on Ubuntu Linux

How to check PHP version on Ubuntu

After installing PHP or an entire LAMP server on Ubuntu Linux, there are a few ways you can check to see what version you’re running at any time. This can help you stay up to date and develop web applications that adhere to newer coding standards and conventions, since PHP is still being developed.

In this guide, we’ll show you multiple ways to check the version of PHP on Ubuntu. Feel free to pick whichever method is most convenient for your situation.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to check PHP version on Ubuntu

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phpinfo page on a Linux system

How to create phpinfo.php page

PHP developers and web server admins can use the phpinfo function to quickly see information about their installation of PHP. This can assist in debugging, seeing what version of PHP is installed, or seeing various configuration options.

On Linux systems, it’s common to make a phpinfo.php page after installing a LAMP server or LEMP server to make sure that PHP is working and to verify settings.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the creation of a phpinfo.php page on your own system, as well as how to access this file afterwards.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to create phpinfo.php page

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Installation of missing php-mbstring on RHEL 7 Linux

The php-mbstring is part of Redhat’s server optional packages. If you have a current subscirption all you need to do is to enable this repository using:

[root@rhel7 ~]# subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-optional-rpms

and use yum to install php-mbstring. In case that you do not have a current Redhat subscription you can install php-mbstring directly from IUS project repository:

[root@rhel7 ~]# wget http://dl.iuscommunity.org/pub/ius/stable/Redhat/7/x86_64/ius-release-1.0-13.ius.el7.noarch.rpm
[root@rhel7 ~]# wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-2.noarch.rpm
[root@rhel7 ~]# rpm -Uvh *release*.rpm

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php-curl

How to perform web requests with PHP using the cURL extension

The open source libcurl is client-side URL transfer library which supports a lot of protocols like FTP, HTTP, HTTPS  and works on a multitude of platforms. The PHP cURL module let us access the functionalities provided by the library from the PHP programming language. In this tutorial we will see how to install the module and how to use it to perform simple requests.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install the cURL module
  • The basic steps to follow to initialiaze a cURL session and perform a request
  • How to perform a GET request with PHP cURL
  • How to perform a POST request with PHP cURL

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How to setup the Nginx web server on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Objective

Learn how to install and configure the Nginx web server on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Requirements

  • Root permissions

Conventions

  • # – 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)

Introduction

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The Nginx web server, together with Apache, is one of the most known and used web servers in the world. It is generally less resource-hungry than Apache, and can be also used as a reverse-proxy.

In this tutorial we will see how to install and configure the Nginx web server on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.

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Using cookies in PHP

How to enable sessions in PHP with cookies

Cookies are all around in our everyday life while we browse the Internet. Most people wouldn’t know much about them, if not for those “our website uses cookies to be operational” signs that are on mostly any page now since GDPR. Cookies have a long history if sometimes being good, sometimes bad. As it is usual with most aspects of the world, this technology can be used in a good or bad way.

In this tutorial we will explore cookies a bit from the server side programming perspective: we’ll create an example cookie in PHP, and store the visitor’s chosen username in it. The cookie will reside in the browser of the visitor, so on the next visit we can read it and use it to greet the visitor on the username submitted.

Our simple webpage will recognize the visitor as long as the cookie is present in the browser. We do not store any information on the server side: if the visitor first checks in from a PC, and next time from a smartphone, we will not know it is the same individual. This is one of the main point with cookies: we can only identify the given client, and only as long as the data is provided by that particular browser.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to setup the test environment
  • How to write a simple example program that uses cookies
  • How to test the workings of the program
  • How to reset the environment

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Install Laravel With Composer On Ubuntu 18.04

Install And Host Laravel On Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Objective

Install Laravel with Nginx and MariaDB on Ubuntu 18.04

Distributions

Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Requirements

A working install of Ubuntu 18.04 with root privileges

Difficulty

Easy

Conventions

  • # – 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

Introduction

Laravel as quickly earned its place as the top PHP framework. It brought a lot of developer friendly features found in other frameworks like Rails to the PHP ecosystem, and in doing so, modernized PHP development.

If you’re looking to develop with Laravel or host it on Ubuntu 18.04, the setup process has never been easier. Since Laravel is PHP, there are a couple of ways to handle this, but Nginx and MariaDB provide a fairly straightforward way to get your project running with modern production-ready tools.

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