Click on the link above to download ApacheDS for Mac OS X. Your download appears in the download manager of your web browser. Double-click on the disk image to open it. It may have already been opened by your web browser. To sign the apps, you must also be a member of Apple's OS X Developer Program. Install the SDK. There are two ways to download Xcode: from the App Store, available by searching for 'Xcode' in the App Store application. From Apple Developer Downloads, which requires registration as an Apple Developer. Use the links below to download the Apache HTTP Server from one of our mirrors. Win32, Netware or OS/2 Source with CR/LF line endings: modfcgid-2.3.9-crlf.zip PGP MD5 SHA1 Apache FTP module for Apache HTTP Server released as 0.9.6-beta 2008-10-08.
This guide shows how to set up your SDK development environment todeploy Cordova apps for OS X computers. See thefollowing for more detailed platform-specific information:
The command-line tools above refer to versions prior to Cordova 3.0.See The Command-Line Interface for information about thecurrent interface.
Requirements and Support
Apple® tools required to build OS X applications run only on the OS Xoperating system on Intel-based Macs. Xcode® 6.0 (the minimum requiredversion) runs only on OS X version 10.9 (Mavericks) or greater, andincludes the OS X SDK (Software Development Kit). To submit apps tothe Apple App Store℠ requires the latest versions of the Apple tools.
You can test all of the Cordova features using the XCode or any otherIDE such as JetBrain's AppCode, butyou need to use XCode to sign before submitting to theApp Store. To sign the apps, you must also be a member of Apple'sOS X Developer Program.
Install the SDK
There are two ways to download Xcode:
from the App Store,available by searching for 'Xcode' in the App Store application.
from Apple Developer Downloads,which requires registration as an Apple Developer.
Once Xcode is installed, several command-line tools need to be enabledfor Cordova to run. From the Xcode menu, select Preferences,then the Downloads tab. From the Components panel, press theInstall button next to the Command Line Tools listing.
Create a New Project
cordova utility to set up a new project, as described in TheCordova The Command-Line Interface. For example, in a source-code directory:
Run the app
To run the app on your desktop:
And you should see a bordered window with the example app:
You can also use cordova run --help to see additional build and runoptions.
Open a Project in the SDK
Once osx platform is added to your project, you can open it fromwithin Xcode. Double-click to open the
hello/platforms/osx/HelloWorld.xcodeprojfile. The screen should look like this:
TIPYou can also use the
open command to open the XCode project directlyfrom the command line:
Deprecation Warnings: When an application programming interface(API) is changed or replaced by another API, it is marked asdeprecated. The API still works in the near term, but is eventuallyremoved. Some of these deprecated interfaces are reflected in ApacheCordova, and Xcode issues warnings about them when you build anddeploy an application.
Missing Headers: Compilation errors relating to missing headersresult from problems with the build location, and can be fixedvia Xcode preferences:
Select Xcode → Preferences → Locations.
In the Derived Data section, press the Advanced button andselect Unique as the Build Location as shown here:
This is the default setting for a new Xcode install, but it may be setdifferently following an upgrade from an older version of Xcode.
For further information, consult Apple's documentation:
Member Center home pageprovides links to several OS X technical resources includingtechnical resources, the provisioning portal, distribution guidesand community forums.
The xcode-select command,which helps specify the correct version of Xcode if more than one is installed.
(Mac®, OS X®, Apple®, Xcode®, App Store℠, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® and Finder® are Trademarks of Apple Inc.)
macOS Update: While these instructions still work, there are new posts for recent versions of macOS, the latest being Install Apache, PHP, and MySQL on macOS Mojave.
PHP Update: Mac OS X Yosemite comes pre-installed with PHP version 5.5 which has reached its end of life. After you complete this post, you should upgrade PHP on Mac OS X.
I recently upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite. It seems Mac OS X Yosemite makes my original post on installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X obsolete. Specifically, Yosemite includes Apache 2.4. This post is a complete update for installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X Yosemite.
Apache Openoffice For Mac
A reminder that Mac OS X runs atop UNIX. So most UNIX software installs easily on Mac OS X. Furthermore, Apache and PHP come packaged with Mac OS X. To create a local web server, all you need to do is enable them and install MySQL.
I am aware of the web server software available for Mac OS X, notably MAMP. These get you started quickly. But they forego the learning experience and, as most developers report, can become difficult to manage.
First, open the Terminal app and switch to the
root user to avoid permission issues while running these commands.
Enable Apache on Mac OS X
Verify It works! by accessing http://localhost
Enable PHP for Apache
First, make a backup of the default Apache configuration. This is good practice and serves as a comparison against future versions of Mac OS X.
Now edit the Apache configuration. Feel free to use TextEdit if you are not familiar with vi.
Uncomment the following line (remove
You can verify PHP is enabled by creating a
phpinfo() page in your
DocumentRoot for Mac OS X Yosemite is
/Library/WebServer/Documents. You can verify this from your Apache configuration.
Now create the
phpinfo() page in your
Download Apache Http Server For Mac Os X
Verify PHP by accessing http://localhost/phpinfo.php
Install MySQL on Mac OS X
Note: If you are upgrading MySQL you should skip this section and instead read this.
- Download the MySQL DMG for Mac OS X
- Install MySQL
The README suggests creating aliases for
mysqladmin. However there are other commands that are helpful such as
mysqldump. Instead, I updated my path to include
Note: You will need to open a new Terminal window or run the command above for your path to update.
I also run
mysql_secure_installation. While this isn't necessary, it's good practice.
Connect PHP and MySQL
You need to ensure PHP and MySQL can communicate with one another. There are several options to do so. I do the following:
Additional Configuration (optional)
The default configuration for Apache 2.4 on Mac OS X seemed pretty lean. For example, common modules like
mod_rewrite were disabled. You may consider enabling this now to avoid forgetting they are disabled in the future.
I edited my Apache Configuration:
I uncommented the following lines (remove
Note: Previous version of Mac OS X ran Apache 2.2. If you upgraded OS X and previously configured Apache, you may want to read more about upgrading to to Apache 2.4 from Apache 2.2.
If you develop multiple projects and would like each to have a unique url, you can configure Apache VirtualHosts for Mac OS X.
If you would like to install PHPMyAdmin, return to my original post on installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X.
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