Get started with LAMP applications


LAMP installations (Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP/Perl/Python) are a popular setup for Ubuntu servers. There are a plethora of Open Source applications written using the LAMP application stack. Some popular LAMP applications include wikis, management software such as phpMyAdmin, and Content Management Systems (CMSs) like WordPress.

One advantage of LAMP is the substantial flexibility for different database, web server, and scripting languages. Popular substitutes for MySQL include PostgreSQL and SQLite. Python, Perl, and Ruby are also frequently used instead of PHP. While Nginx, Cherokee and Lighttpd can replace Apache.


The fastest way to get started is to install LAMP using tasksel. Tasksel is a Debian/Ubuntu tool that installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated “task” onto your system.

At a terminal prompt enter the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y tasksel
sudo tasksel install lamp-server

LAMP application install process

After installing LAMP you’ll be able to install most LAMP applications in this way:

  • Download an archive containing the application source files.

  • Unpack the archive, usually in a directory accessible to a web server.

  • Depending on where the source was extracted, configure a web server to serve the files.

  • Configure the application to connect to the database.

  • Run a script, or browse to a page of the application, to install the database needed by the application.

  • Once the steps above, or similar steps, are completed you are ready to begin using the application.

A disadvantage of using this approach is that the application files are not placed in the file system in a standard way, which can cause confusion as to where the application is installed.

Update LAMP applications

When a new LAMP application version is released, follow the same installation process to apply updates to the application.

Fortunately, a number of LAMP applications are already packaged for Ubuntu, and are available for installation in the same way as non-LAMP applications (some applications may need extra configuration and setup steps). Two popular examples are phpMyAdmin and WordPress.

Refer to our guides on how to install phpMyAdmin and how to install WordPress for more information on those applications.

Is sudo tasksel install lamp-server really supposed to be working?

If you’re going to install PHPMyAdmin, it’s a really good idea to install MySQL first. Just sayin.

Thanks for your suggestion! This section is being renovated currently - the phpMyAdmin and WordPress instructions are now separate how-to guides, and both contain suggestions for installing MySQL (or similar) as a prerequisite step.

With a clean, install of Ubuntu Desktop or Ubuntu Server using:
sudo tasksel install lamp-server

Returns the error:
sudo: tasksel: command not found

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I’ve added the command for installing tasksel. I’ve tested on lunar, kinetic, and mantic that it installs without issue and after that tasksel runs without error. It also produced no output, so I’m unsure if just running the command is sufficient, but I’m not really accustomed to its use.

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Is it worth having a sudo apt-get update before the sudo apt-get install -y tasksel?

Fair enough. Done. Thank you!

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This method is not longer available.