I always install Apache and PHP on my Raspberry Pi’s so that I can write and deploy small web applications. Once they’re setup, they’re good to go. There are times where I’ll get a new Raspberry Pi and/or have to reformat mine (typically because of boredom). This usually involves me having to remember how to install Apache, PHP, MySQL and phpMyAdmin from scratch. So I’m throwing together this small tutorial so that I can remember how to do this in the future. Hopefully it helps you out, too.
First we want to make sure our hostname is correct on the Raspberry Pi.
If it matches what you want it to match, then you’re good to go. If not, you’ll need to update it.
sudo nano /etc/hostname
Then reboot by running
Once it’s back up, log back in and we’ll begin to install our packages. First step is to update the package list.
sudo apt-get update
When it’s done, install Apache first:
sudo apt-get install apache2 apache2-utils
Once that’s finished, install PHP:
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5 php5
And when it’s complete, install MySQL Server and Client
sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client php5-mysql
Finally, phpMyAdmin which is a web front-end for MySQL
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
Lastly, phpMyAdmin is known to be a hotspot for attackers, so what I like to do is rename it to something random so it’s not easily found by attackers on the internet. I do this even if the Raspberry Pi is behind a firewall and not directly connected to the internet. Why? Because why not.
To hide phpMyAdmin we just need to make 1 change to the Apache config file for phpMyAdmin, then restart Apache. For safe measure you could even restart your Raspberry Pi.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf
Where it says Alias /phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin, we’ll want to change the /phpmyadmin portion to something random and something you’ll remember.
Alias /supersecretphpadmin012014 /usr/share/phpmyadmin
Last but not least, we need to restart Apache so it picks up the new config settings.
sudo service apache2 restart
That should do it! To verify everything is working, just browse to http://yourpi.ip.address/supersecretphpadmin012014 and you should see phpMyAdmin’s login prompt.