MAMP

MAMP 5.7

Free
Sets up your own personal webserver on Mac with Apache, MySQL and PHP installed.
Installs Apache websites, MySQL database engine, and PHP language interpreter and creates a high-end web compatible servers with all the tools and 3rd party languages supported. The phpMyAdmin will provide in-depth database administration, importing, exporting, SQL query launcher and more.

MAMP is a Mac utility that helps users install Apache, Nginx, PHP and MySQL on their machine and therefore have a personal web server. The name of the program is an acronym for Macintosh, Apache, MySQL and PHP.

The program's installation process goes seamlessly and can be completed by any type of user. As you start the app, you get in touch with its UI, which looks rather simple but has a nicely crafted design. There are no options for graphical customizations and overall there's not a lot of variety in the configuration menu.

When it comes to its functional capabilities, MAMP has a modular structure that is essential to enhance the HTTP web server through various add-ons. More, it's equipped with 70 Apache Modules that include PHP, Webdav, SSL, Cache, Auth and others.

MySQL can be used to build a powerful relational database in order to work in conjunction with a dynamic website. Once you've developed your MySQL database app, you can deploy it on the web for live use.

The PHP comes with two versions that can easily be accessed from the Settings window. Also, extensions such as XCache, FreeType, libxml or Sqlite are pre-installed with MAMP.

To summarize, MAMP is a free application to easily create and manage a local webserver. Though it's easy to use, it does require basic networking knowledge.

John Saunders
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Review summary

Pros

  • Comes with more than 70 modules
  • Has multiple pre-installed extensions
  • Supports various add-ons

Cons

  • Misses graphical customizations
  • Requires networking skills
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