Last updated August 22, 2012. Created on July 7, 2007.
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A local server plays a pivotal role for most developers. It allows development and testing on a local machine without the concerns of losing Internet connection, accidentally creating temporary security holes, or constantly uploading files via FTP. Depending on the option you choose, setup will be more or less difficult, but it is a necessary foundation for your development environment.

There are several approaches you can take for setting up a local server. You could:

  1. Manually install Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc and configure it yourself.
  2. Install such an environment automatically using a special package, such as DAMP, WAMP or MAMP.
  3. Use a virtual machine to set up your server in its own environment, even with a different operating system. See Quickstart, DrupalPro, Drupal-up, or Aegir-up for examples of fully loaded development VMs that can be run on any operating system.

Various methods of implementing such solutions are detailed in subpages so read on...

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l_e_cox’s picture

I am developing on my local computer, and manually installed my AMP stack.
There is an important line you have to edit in httpd.conf for Apache and Drupal to work together. It is a normally recommended edit for anyone using PHP, but because I did a manual install I overlooked it.
There is a line in the configuration file whose default value is:

DirectoryIndex index.html

This has to be edited to:

DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

If you are good at following instructions, you probably already did this. But I hadn't and didn't notice because the paths in all my PHP apps point to a file and never assume a file name. Until I fixed this, Drupal would not work for me.

If ethics is out, tech won't ever go in. - LRH

Tom Van Schoor’s picture

Hi Guys,

Don't forget the Zend Server Community Edition. A very easy way to setup your Apache, PHP and MySQL config.


pfeldman’s picture

Please don't direct people to QuickStart! QuickStart is built on an obsolete version of Ubuntu and is no longer maintained.

Phillip M. Feldman

F.E.M’s picture

Make sure you have the correct Apache modules enabled, particularly mod_rewrite for clean URLs.