11/11/2016 - 4:19 PM

Mac OSX Sierra : Brew Apache + Mysql + PHP Switcher + DNSMasq + SSL

Mac OSX Sierra : Brew Apache + Mysql + PHP Switcher + DNSMasq + SSL

Mac OSX Sierra : Brew Apache + Mysql + PHP Switcher + DNSMasq + SSL :+1:

Things I had to do using Homebrew to get my local web dev environment back up and running after migration to OSX Sierra + Xcode 8.1.

Note: I used brew reinstall because I had already installed most of this previously under Yosemite. Probably better ways to do this, but this is what worked for me.

brew doctor

brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew tap homebrew/versions
brew tap homebrew/php
brew tap homebrew/apache

brew update

sudo apachectl stop
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist 2>/dev/null

brew reinstall httpd24 --with-privileged-ports --with-http2

sudo cp -v /usr/local/Cellar/httpd24/2.4.23_2/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons

sudo chown -v root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist
sudo chmod -v 644 /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist

Make sure all http instances have been stopped before going on.

ps -aef | grep httpd

sudo apachectl -k start

Check for errors.

tail -f /usr/local/var/log/apache2/error_log

Useful commands.

sudo apachectl start
sudo apachectl stop
sudo apachectl -k restart

Modify httpd.conf and test Apache.

DocumentRoot ~/Sites/active-projects

AllowOverride All

Uncomment rewrite_module

User YourLocalUser
Group staff


Create an index page in webroot.

echo "<h1>Active Projects Web Root</h1>" > ~/Sites/active-projects/index.html

##Install PHP55

brew reinstall php55 --with-apache
brew reinstall php55-opcache 
brew reinstall php55-apcu
brew reinstall php55-mcrypt  
brew reinstall php55-imagick
brew reinstall php55-pdo-dblib
brew reinstall php55-yaml
brew reinstall php55-xdebug

Add to httpd.conf so we can test the first php install.

<If Module dir_module>
DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

<FilesMatch \.php$>
SetHandler application/x-httpd-php

sudo apachectl -k restart

If all went well, install other php versions.

brew unlink php55

brew reinstall php56 --with-apache
brew reinstall php56-opcache 
brew reinstall php56-apcu
brew reinstall php56-mcrypt  
brew reinstall php56-imagick
brew reinstall php56-pdo-dblib
brew reinstall php56-yaml
brew reinstall php56-xdebug
brew unlink php56

brew reinstall php70 --with-apache
brew reinstall php70-opcache 
brew reinstall php70-apcu
brew reinstall php70-mcrypt  
brew reinstall php70-imagick
brew reinstall php70-pdo-dblib
brew reinstall php70-yaml
brew reinstall php70-xdebug
brew unlink php70

In my case php71 ended up needing special attention before re-install.

brew uninstall --force php71
brew cleanup --force -s php71
brew prune
sudo rm -fr  /usr/local/opt/php71

brew reinstall php71 --with-apache
brew reinstall php71-opcache 
brew reinstall php71-apcu
brew reinstall php71-mcrypt  
brew reinstall php71-imagick
brew reinstall php71-pdo-dblib
brew reinstall php71-yaml
brew reinstall php71-xdebug
brew unlink php71

Back to PHP5

brew link php56

###PHP ini paths


Modify the paths as follows:

LoadModule php5_module    /usr/local/opt/php55/libexec/apache2/
LoadModule php5_module    /usr/local/opt/php56/libexec/apache2/
LoadModule php7_module    /usr/local/opt/php70/libexec/apache2/
LoadModule php7_module    /usr/local/opt/php71/libexec/apache2/

We can only have one module processing PHP at a time, so for now, comment out all but the php56 entry:

#LoadModule php5_module    /usr/local/opt/php55/libexec/apache2/
LoadModule php5_module    /usr/local/opt/php56/libexec/apache2/
#LoadModule php7_module    /usr/local/opt/php70/libexec/apache2/
#LoadModule php7_module    /usr/local/opt/php71/libexec/apache2/

Verify php install one more time.

##Install php switcher.

curl -L > /usr/local/bin/sphp
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/sphp

Add LoadModule for sphp switcher to httpd.conf (final PHP change)

LoadModule php5_module /usr/local/lib/
#LoadModule php7_module /usr/local/lib/

It's IMPORTANT at this stage to fully stop your Apache sever, and start it again. Do not just restart it!

sudo apachectl -k stop
sudo apachectl start

I had some error messages regarding php*-intl, this fixed it. Had to be run for each version of php as do any other updates.

brew reinstall --build-from-source php71-intl
brew update
brew upgrade

brew reinstall --build-from-source php55-intl
brew update
brew upgrade

brew reinstall --build-from-source php56-intl
brew update
brew upgrade

brew reinstall --build-from-source php70-intl
brew update
brew upgrade

Virtual hosts

Apache already comes preconfigured to support this behavior but it is not enabled.

First you will need to uncomment the following lines in your /usr/local/etc/apache2/2.4/httpd.conf file:

LoadModule vhost_alias_module libexec/


Include /usr/local/etc/apache2/2.4/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf


<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "~/Sites/active-projects"
ServerName localhost

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "~/Sites/active-projects/"

##Install DnsMasq

brew reinstall dnsmasq
echo 'address=/.dev/' > /usr/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf
sudo brew services start dnsmasq

sudo mkdir -v /etc/resolver
sudo bash -c 'echo "nameserver" > /etc/resolver/dev'

Test it!


Generate Self-Signed SSL Cert

openssl genrsa -des3 -passout pass:x -out 2048
openssl rsa -passin pass:x -in -out


openssl req -new -key -out
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in -signkey -out

Remove MySQL completely

  1. Open the Terminal

  2. Use mysqldump to backup your databases

  3. Check for MySQL processes with: ps -ax | grep mysql

  4. Stop and kill any MySQL processes

  5. Analyze MySQL on HomeBrew:

    brew remove mysql
    brew cleanup
  6. Remove files:

    sudo rm /usr/local/mysql
    sudo rm -rf /usr/local/var/mysql
    sudo rm -rf /usr/local/mysql*
    sudo rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
    sudo rm -rf /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM
    sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/My*
  7. Unload previous MySQL Auto-Login:

    launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
  8. Remove previous MySQL Configuration:

    subl /etc/hostconfig` 
    # Remove the line MYSQLCOM=-YES-
  9. Remove previous MySQL Preferences:

    rm -rf ~/Library/PreferencePanes/My*
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/mysql*
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MySQL*
    sudo rm -rf /private/var/db/receipts/*mysql*
  10. Restart your computer just to ensure any MySQL processes are killed

  11. Try to run mysql, it shouldn't work

##Install MySQL

brew install mysql
brew services start mysql