Install Mysql For Mac Os

admin 12/13/2021

MySQL is the most popular open source database management system. It allows you to quickly download and install and run a powerful database system on almost any platform available including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X etc. Geeks Worldwide. Native Package Installer, which uses the native OS X installer (DMG) to walk you through the installation of MySQL. For more information, see Section 2.4.2, “Installing MySQL on OS X Using Native Packages”.

I recently purchased brand new MacBook Pro and I had to install NGINX, PHP and MySQL in my MacBook Pro. In this article, I am going to share my experience for how to install NGINX, PHP and MySQL on your Mac. This article is for someone interesting to set-up web development environment, especially for the first time.

Reson I choose Nginx over Apache web server is its light-weight resource utilization and its ability to scale easily. Also, Niginx has grown its popularity during last few years. Furthermore, Nginx is often selected by administrators for its resource efficiency and responsiveness under the heavy load.

My MacBook Pro installed Mac OS High Sierra and it was shipped with pre-installed PHP package. So, depending on your web development environment setup, you may need to upgrade default PHP version to the latest version.

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Normally, Mac OS X doesn’t ship with its own copy of MySQL. So, you will have to install MySQL on your local machine.


Also, remember this article only explain to install these required packages on your local machine. Alternatively, you can set up similar development environment by using Docker or Vagrant. I will write another post in this regarding.

Now let’s have a look how to install NGINX, PHP and MySQL on Mac OS local environment.

Install NGINX

I prefer to use Homebrew package manager to install required additional packages on my Mac OS X.

If you haven’t install Homebrew on your Mac, you just need to copy paste following command on your terminal and Homebrew will install on your Mac automatically. Remember you need an Internet connection to download these packages.

Once you installed Homebrew, you can install NGINX by using the following command.

Nginx will set following document root by default. But you can change to any path using nginx.conf file.

NGINX default document root


Configure NGINX virtual hosts

I have included my pre-configured virtual hosts as a zip file.

So you can download my pre-configured NGINX virtual host files here.

Once you download the zip file, unzip the contents and then you just need to copy into the following path. Furthermore, my NGINX virtual hosts specially configured for developing Magento 1, Magento 2 and WordPress projects in my local.

Step 1 – Rename existing “nginx” folder /usr/local/etc/

Step 2 – Copy downloaded “nginx” folder in to /usr/local/etc/

Step 3 – Change your system username

All the pre-configured NGINX virtual hosts are located under the following path.


You will find four configuration files under the above path.

  1. 00_upstream.conf – For Fast CGI upstream
  2. – For Magento 1 hosts
  3. – For Magento 2 hosts
  4. magestyle.conf – For WordPress and general hosts

Also, you will notice, each virtual host’s document root is defined under the above configuration files.

Update your host file

Also, you will need to update your host file for the custom virtual host names. So you can have a look my host file as an example.

NGINX server state management

Start NGINX Server

Reload NGINX Server

Stop NGINX Server

Test and verify NGINX services

My local configuration examples:

For Magento 1 projects

Local Document Root – /Users/chatura/htdocs/m1-local

Host name –

Configuration file path – /usr/local/etc/nginx/servers/

For Magento2 projects

Local Document Root – /Users/chatura/htdocs/m2-local/web

Host name –

Configuration file path – /usr/local/etc/nginx/servers/

For WordPress and other projects

Local Document Root -/Users/chatura/htdocs/wp-test

Host name –

Local Document Root – /usr/local/etc/nginx/servers/magestyle.conf

Install PHP

If you follow the following steps, you can replace default PHP with Homebrew PHP version. Also, you can easily upgrade or switch your PHP version according your project requirement.

Especially I am going use my development setup for Magento 2 development. So I followed the Magento technology stack documentation before decide which PHP version I need to install. So I am going to install PHP 7.1 version in my local environment as per the Magento 2 latest technology stack.

Use following “brew tap” command to allow Homebrew to tap into Homebrew PHP to formulae. Once you’ve done this, you’ve expanded your options of installable PHP versions. So these additional Git repos will be saved inside the (usr/local/Library/Taps) directory,

To check list of available configuration options

Install PHP without Apache and with PHP FPM

Install additonal PHP extensions

Setup PHP CLI binary

In addition, if you want to use the PHP command line tools, you need to update the $PATH environment variable of your shell profile.

If you use the default Bash shell:

If you use ZSH:

If you are not sure which one you use, run following code in your terminal. I am using ZSH and it returns “/bin/zsh”

Configure PHP using PHP-FPM

PHP-FPM is a modern way of running PHP with a process manager and the FastCGI protocol. Also, this enables high performance as well as easy switching between various versions of PHP.

Note: Also you can install many PHP version with Homebrew package manager. You just need to link required PHP version and unlink other PHP versions.

Check Installed PHP version and php.ini file

PHP service management

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Install MySQL

Let’s install MySQL server.

Also, you can use the following command to MySQL server gets automatically started and stopped when the Mac is shutdown/powered on.

So, you can start MySQL start service manually using the following command for now.

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MySQL service management

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Test MySQL connection

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I hope this article will help you to install Nginx, PHP, MySQL on your Mac OS. Let me know in case you’re stuck at some point or have general feedback. Please feel free to comment below.