Apache, PHP-FPM, MariaDB and FreeBSD

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Date: 2015-02-01 00:00:00 00:00


I always liked the bsd-like ports that Slackware Linux uses and now that Digital Ocean offers FreeBSD I am having a great time working with it.

Today I want to show you how to setup an FAMP (Apache 2.4, MySQL and PHP on FreeBSD 10), we will be installing Apache using Event MPM, and PHP-FPM.

We will also be using both methods of installation in FreeBSD, first the ports way then, the pkg binary way.

Apache, MySQL and PHP on FreeBSD from ports

Apache 2.4 Event MPM

Let's first start with Apache, as I said we will be installing the Event MPM which is a threaded MPM and will serve files a lot faster, actually normal files as fast as Nginx

cd /usr/ports/www/apache24/
make install clean

Select these options.

| [x] ACCESS_COMPAT      mod_access compatibility
| [x] ACTIONS            Action triggering on requests 
| [x] ALIAS              Mapping of requests to different filesystem parts
| [x] AUTHZ_CORE         Core authorization provider vector module
| [x] AUTHZ_HOST         Host-based authorization control
| [x] DIR                Directory request handling
|+[x] EXPIRES            Expires header control
|+[x] HEADERS            HTTP header control
|+[x] REWRITE            Rule based URL manipulation
|+[x] VERSION            Determining httpd version in config files
|+[x] VHOST_ALIAS        Mass virtual hosting
|+(*) MPM_EVENT          MPM worker variant with the goal of consuming
| [x] MIME               Mapp file-ext. to MIME (recommended)
| [x] PROXY              Build enabled PROXY modules
| [x] PROXY_FCGI         FastCGI support module for mod_proxy

I like to have Virtual sites as separate files and not as part of the monolitic httpd.conf file, so let's configure Apache that way.

mkdir /usr/local/etc/apache24/conf.d

Add this line at the end of the file /usr/local/etc/apache24/httpd.conf

Include etc/apache24/conf.d/*.conf

PHP 5.6

Now it is the turn of PHP, we will build it with PHP-FPM option turned on.

cd /usr/ports/lang/php56

make install

Configure this way.

|+[x] CLI       Build CLI version
|+[x] CGI       Build CGI version
|+[x] FPM       Build FPM version
|+[ ] EMBED     Build embedded library
|+[ ] PHPDBG
|+[ ] DEBUG     Enable debug
|+[ ] DTRACE    Enable DTrace support
|+[x] IPV6      Enable ipv6 support
|+[ ] MAILHEAD  Enable mail header patch
|+[x] LINKTHR   Link thread lib (for threaded extensions)
|+[ ] ZTS       Force Zend Thread Safety (ZTS) build

Finally clean the installation.

make clean

We now have PHP 5.6 installed, but we need the modules, so:

cd ../php56-extensions/

make install clean

Be sure to mark, GD, CURL and MySQL as well as MySQLi

|+[x] CURL          CURL support
|+[x] GD            GD library support
|+[x] MYSQL         MySQL database support
|+[x] MYSQLI        MySQLi database support

Those among the default ones.

MariaDB 10.0

We are going to install MariaDB instead of MySQL, if you do not know already, MariaDB is a fork of MySQL, where new developments are taking place, but complete compatibility is being manteined

We are going to install MariaDB 10.0 which according to the oficial site is:

MariaDB 10.0 is the current stable version of MariaDB. It is built on the MariaDB 5.5 series with backported features from MySQL 5.6 and entirely new features not found anywhere else.

To install it, run:

cd /usr/ports/databases/mariadb100-server

make install clean

And keep all defaults. To secure your intallation run:


Set a password, and then accept all defaults.

Finishing up installation

Preparing services to run

We need to configure all servers to autostart when the computer starts, to do that you need to edit the vim /etc/rc.confand add this lines.


We need to take one more step for Apache. Edit the file /usr/local/etc/httpd.conf and add this line just before the Include…. line.

ServerName localhost

We can now start all services:

service apache24 start
service mysql-server start
service php-fpm start

Make sure you have these modules enabled

LoadModule authn_core_module libexec/apache24/mod_authn_core.so
LoadModule authz_core_module libexec/apache24/mod_authz_core.so
LoadModule log_config_module libexec/apache24/mod_log_config.so
LoadModule expires_module libexec/apache24/mod_expires.so
LoadModule headers_module libexec/apache24/mod_headers.so
LoadModule version_module libexec/apache24/mod_version.so
LoadModule unixd_module libexec/apache24/mod_unixd.so
LoadModule vhost_alias_module libexec/apache24/mod_vhost_alias.so
LoadModule dir_module libexec/apache24/mod_dir.so
LoadModule rewrite_module libexec/apache24/mod_rewrite.so
LoadModule mime_module  libexec/apache24/mod_mime.so
LoadModule actions_module libexec/apache24/mod_actions.so
LoadModule alias_module libexec/apache24/mod_alias.so
LoadModule authz_host_module libexec/apache24/mod_authz_host.so
LoadModule access_compat_module libexec/apache24/mod_access_compat.so
LoadModule proxy_module libexec/apache24/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_fcgi_module libexec/apache24/mod_proxy_fcgi.so

Restart Apache

service apache24 restart

Test installation

We will create a testing site in order to test everything, and be sure it is all setup and ready to work.

Create a folder for your site

mkdir -p /usr/local/www/site1/{public_html,logs}
chown -R www:www /usr/local/www/site1/

Configure a virtual host

Create a file in /usr/local/etc/apache24/conf.d/site1.conf, you can name it any other way you want, and add this content inside:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin webmaster@example.com
        DocumentRoot "/usr/local/www/site1/public_html"
        ServerName freebsd.garron.me
        ProxyPassMatch ^/(.*\.php)$ fcgi://$1
        ErrorLog "/usr/local/www/site1/logs/error.log"
        CustomLog "/usr/local/www/site1/logs/access.log" common
        ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/usr/local/www/site1/cgi-bin/"

    <Directory "/usr/local/www/site1/public_html">
        Options +Indexes +FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI
        AllowOverride AuthConfig FileInfo
        Require all granted
        Allow from all


Test the configuration

I will need to create a file named phpinfo.php with this contents:


Once saved, I can go to http://freebsd.garron.me/phpinfo.php, and the info of PHP should appear. This is the important line:

Server API 	FPM/FastCGI 

That means, you are running PHP-FPM, and this is also a command you want to run to verify the MPM

httpd -V | grep MPM

The reply should be:

Server MPM:     event