3.1. Setting up your LAMP web server for BrewPi

LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP: the applications that make up your web server. This article explains how to install all of them on your pi.

Install Apache2

To install Apache2, execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5 php5-cli php5-common php5-cgi

To test your server, you can now visit http://your-rpi-ip/. By default, the root of your web server is /var/www/

Install PHP

To install PHP, execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get install php5

Once you have installed PHP, you can test it by creating a new php file in your /var/www/ directory. Open the text editor nano to create the file:

sudo nano /var/www/phpinfo.php

This is what you want to put inside your file:


To exit nano and save your file, you can use ctr-x, to write the file but keep nano open, you can use ctrl-o.

For security reasons, your web server runs as a separate user under Linux, the www-data user. Your files in your /var/www/ directory should be owned by this user, otherwise your web server will not have the permissions to access the files. You can change owner of everything in your /var/www/ directory to the www-data group and user with the following command. The -R flag recursively chowns all files and subdirectories.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www

You can test your PHP installation by viewing the result of your new file in a browser: http://your-rpi-ip/phpinfo.php. If that worked, please delete the file:

sudo rm /var/www/phpinfo.php

If you ever need to restart your web server, you can use this command:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Install MySQL

The current version of BrewPi doesn’t use MySQL. It is recommended to not install it. If you want MySQL anyway, you can install it with these commands:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client php5-mysql

To manage your databases from a web interface, you can install PHPMyAdmin:

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql phpmyadmin

Remember to select Apache2 with the space bar when it comes up! After installation, reboot and test: http://your-rpi-ip/phpmyadmin. Reboot with the command:

sudo shutdown -r now

To easily see when your pi is back online, create a shortcut in your quick launch bar with the following target (for the correct IP address of course):

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c "ping -t"

That will open a command window that keeps pinging your Raspberry Pi.

If you mess up the installation of MySQL, because you didn’t listen and did not expand your root partition, it can be a bitch to remove and re-install. The following worked for me eventually:

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge mysql-server mysql-server-5.5 mysql-common
sudo rm /var/lib/mysql/ -rf
sudo rm /etc/mysql -rf
sudo apt-get install -f mysql-server