Welcome to BootPress

Kick Your Websites Into High Gear

The following instructions are what it finally took for me to get localhost working on my machine (a late 2008 MacBook Air with Snow Leopard v.10.6.8), and should be good for all operating systems up to (but not including) Yosemite. If you are using (or upgrading) to Yosemite, then make the changes as outlined at Apple Discussions. I followed their tutorial almost to a "T", but their setup won't allow for sessions, .htaccess files, and php mkdir() functionality, so that is why I am giving you the whole kit and caboodle here. Following these instructions will have your Mac OS X ready to install BootPress.

  1. Open up the Terminal and type:

    sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

    Enter your password and uncomment:

    #LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache2/libphp5.so


    LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache2/libphp5.so

    In order to allow mkdir() permissions, change:

    User _www


    User <username>

    Change the following lines:

    DocumentRoot "/Library/WebServer/Documents"
    <Directory "/Library/Webserver/Documents">
    AllowOverride None


    DocumentRoot "/Users/<username>/Sites/www"
    <Directory "/Users/<username>/Sites/www">
    AllowOverride All

    There should be two (2) AllowOverride lines to fix. This is to enable .htaccess files.

    To save push 'Control-X', then 'Y', and 'Enter'.

  2. Type the command:

    sudo nano /etc/apache2/users/<username>.conf

    And enter the following:

    <Directory "/Users/<username>/Sites/">
      Options Indexes MultiViews
      AllowOverride All
      Order allow,deny
      Allow from localhost

    Save as above.

  3. For sessions to work properly type:

    sudo nano /etc/php.ini


    ;session.save_path = "/tmp"


    session.save_path = "/tmp"

    Save as before.

  4. To get apache going with our new changes type:

    sudo apachectl start


    sudo apachectl restart

    To ensure that all is well type:

    apachectl -S

    Be sure to fix any problems that come up.

    To check on your installation of php type:

    php -i

    This will give you the same information as phpinfo().

  5. Create a "www" folder in the "Sites" directory, and place an index.html file in it.

  6. Go to http://localhost/ and you should see that "It Works!", or whatever your index.html file displays. You may now proceed with installing BootPress.