About LAMP

An acronym that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP is an open source development platform designed to work together to build and support application servers.

Roles of Each Part


Linux is a free and open source software used as the operating system. Operating systems software are first to load when a computer or device is turned on and manages resources on the computer or device.  Below is a small list of popular devices using Linux:

  • Sony Reader
  • TiVo Digital Video Recorder
  • Roku Netflix Player
  • HTC Droid Eris


Apache is a popular free and open source web server. The two important benefits of using Apache are:

  • It can support a wide number of operating systems
  • It can be customized to meet the needs of a particular site


MySQL is the database management system allowing access to multiple users to store and retrieve data from various databases. The benefits of using MySQL are:

  • It is free so it’s inexpensive
  • It is customizable
  • It runs on many operating systems


PHP is used as a server descriptive language coded directly into HTML to create rich web pages. Similar to the other components of LAMP, PHP is open source and very customizable for the needs of the website. Examples

Advantages of LAMP

LAMP offers the following advantages for developers:

  • Easy to code
  • Easy to deploy
  • Easy to customize
  • Cheap hosting
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