How to install LAMP stack on CentOS / Red Hat

For all the web services on CentOS / Red Hat you will need web server, database and a few more bits. This is why LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP) stack is needed.

Here is a quick tutorial with basic installation and security steps. All commands are executed as root user.


Following command will install all the packages, tools and basics needed for LAMP installation.

dnf install php-mysqlnd php-fpm mariadb-server httpd

Confirm installation with y 

Next step is to let through HTTP 80 and HTTPS 443 through firewall

firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http 
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=https
firewall-cmd --reload

We will now start Apache and MariaDB services

systemctl start mariadb
systemctl start httpd

We will also enable automatic starting of Apache and MariaDB after reboot

systemctl enable httpd.service

systemctl enable mariadb

After service start, we are going to secure MariaDB install and set root pass


First, we will just confirm with enter since password is not set, then set new password (always set strong pass) and then confirm as you like, I pressed “y” for every option.

Following step will to create info.php file within /var/www/html/ directory 

vi /var/www/html/info.php

Enter following content

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

When done – save and exit.

We will also need to change permissions and security of SELinux

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/*

chcon -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /var/www/html/ -R

Lets now visit our “website” on address http://localhost/info.php to confirm working installation.


Now, this is just basic installation and you will probably need more PHP modules for your installation. To list PHP modules, enter following command

dnf search php

To install some of the modules you will enter following,

dnf install PACKAGENAME

Example would be 

dnf install php-gd.x86_64

Once you installed all the PHP packages you need, restart httpd service

systemctl reload httpd