How to install LAMP server on Ubuntu

Last updated on November 24, 2020 by Dan Nanni

LAMP, which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, is a popular open-source web server platform on Linux. The LAMP stack has been enjoying tremendous popularity among website administrators, due to its stability, open-source nature, and excellent community support.

To install LAMP server on Ubuntu, you can use a command line tool called tasksel which allows you to (un)install various tasks, each of which is basically a collection of related packages. So just run tasksel command, and choose LAMP server option among a list of available tasks. The rest of installation procedure will be taken care of by the tool.

While tasksel is installed by default on Ubuntu Server, it is not available on vanilla Ubuntu Desktop. So if you are using Ubuntu Desktop, you need to install it first.

$ sudo apt-get install tasksel

Then go ahead and launch tasksel to install LAMP server on your system.

$ sudo tasksel

On tasksel screen, any pre-installed task(s) will have asterisk mark next to its name. All you have to do is check LAMP server option, press TAB to move to OK, and press ENTER.

Once installation is completed, PHP-enabled Apache HTTP server as well as MySQL server will be up and running on your host, and are set to start automatically upon reboot.

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