Mac OSX with Homebrew
This topic covers setting up your Mac as a web server and installing SilverStripe.
OSX comes bundled with PHP, but you’re stuck with the version and modules it ships with.
If you run projects on different PHP versions, or care about additional PHP module support
and other dependencies such as MariaDB, we recommend an installation through Homebrew.
Check out the MAC OSX with MAMP for an alternative installation process
which packages up the whole environment into a convenient application.
Since we’re compiling PHP, some build tooling is required.
Run the following command to install Xcode Command Line Tools.
Now you can install Homebrew itself:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
First we’re telling Homebrew about some new repositories to get the PHP installation from:
brew tap homebrew/dupes brew tap homebrew/php
We’re installing PHP 5.6 here, with the required
brew install php56 php56-intl php56-apcu
There’s a Homebrew Troubleshooting guide if Homebrew doesn’t work out as expected (run
brew update and
Have a look at the brew-php-switcher
project to install multiple PHP versions in parallel and switch between them easily.
Install the Database (MariaDB/MySQL)
brew install mariadb unset TMPDIR mysql_install_db --user=`whoami` --basedir="$(brew --prefix mariadb)" --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql --tmpdir=/tmp mysql.server start '/usr/local/opt/mariadb/bin/mysql_secure_installation'
To start the database server on boot, run the following:
ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/mariadb/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents
You can also use
mysql.server start and
mysql.server stop on demand.
Configure PHP and Apache
We’re not installing Apache, since OSX already ships with a perfectly fine installation of it.
Edit the existing configuration at
and uncomment/add the following lines to activate the required modules:
LoadModule rewrite_module libexec/apache2/mod_rewrite.so LoadModule php5_module /usr/local/opt/php55/libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
DocumentRoot setting to your user folder (replacing
<user> with your OSX user name):
Now find the section starting with
<Directory "/Library/WebServer/Documents"> and change it as follows,
<user> with your OSX user name:
<Directory "/Users/<user>/Sites"> Options FollowSymLinks Multiviews MultiviewsMatch Any AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory>
We also recommend running the web server process with your own user on a development environment,
since it makes permissions easier to handle when running commands both
from the command line and through the web server. Find and adjust the following options,
user <user> Group staff
Now start the web server:
sudo apachectl start
Every configuration change requires a restart:
sudo apachectl restart
You can also load this webserver on boot:
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist
After starting the webserver, you should see a simple “Forbidden” page generated by Apache
Composer is a dependancy manager for PHP, and the preferred way to
install SilverStripe. It ensures that you get the correct set of files for your project.
Composer uses the PHP executable we’ve just installed. It also needs git
to automatically download the required files from GitHub and other repositories.
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php to install the
We recommend that you make the executable available globally,
which requires moving the file to a different folder. Run
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer.
More detailed installation instructions are available on getcomposer.org.
You can verify the installation by typing the
composer command, which should show you a command overview.
Finally, we’re ready to install SilverStripe through composer:
composer create-project silverstripe/installer /Users/<user>/Sites/silverstripe/.
After finishing, the installation wizard should be available at
The Homebrew MariaDB default database credentials are user
root and password
We have a separate in-depth tutorial for Composer Installation and Usage.