Install Magento Locally On A Mac

In this post I will take you through the various steps to help you install Magento locally on your computer (iMac). To get started we need to make sure we have the following items to begin the installation process, this really only includes MAMP (helps install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X!) and Magento. Follow the steps below and you can get Magento up and running within ten minutes.


1. Download and install (MAMP PRO is not required just MAMP.)

By default when you download MAMP and unzip the file you click the install button and it should put the files and folder straight on to your hard drive in your applications folder.

Mamp Installation

2. Open MAMP (Hard Drive – Application – MAMP folder – MAMP Icon.)

Click the MAMP icon and the small window will pop open and start the Apache and MySQL Server. Once open it will also introduce a browser window containing the various MAMP Details. Under the MySQL heading click the link for phpMyAdmin and you will see a clearly marked field that will allow you to create a database. In this field type magento and click create. Now you have your Database.

Mamp Installation of database

3. and Unzip the Files (I’m using

Download Magento

Once downloaded to your desktop unzip the file and place the magento folder within the Hard Drive – Applications – MAMP – htdocs folder. Now you are ready to begin installation.

4. To start installation you need to open your browser, preferably Firefox. The Url needed to begin is the local host. Your local host is your computers ip and will look similar to this – NOT This, as suggested on some sites – http://localhost:8888/magento/ (This will not allow you to login.)

5. Once entered into the browser it opens the Magento installation wizard.

Hit start download process, it will take a few seconds to begin with, once complete move on to the next stage.

Magento Installation Wizard

6. Agree the Terms

Magento Installation Wizard OK

7. Set the localisation specific to you.

8. Database Configuration.

Within the database configuration it should automatically have the relevant fields completed but just in case put the following in. Host: localhost – Database Name: magento (or whatever you called it in step 2.) – User Name: root – Password: root. Web access base url will be the local host url with ip address. Then admin path is admin and session data is file system. Click Continue.

Magento Installation of the Databse

9. Create you admin details and password to login (see image)

Magento Installation Admin Details

10. Save your encryption key and then your ready to go. Login and enjoy.

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