Installing nginx/percona/php-fpm with homebrew on Mountain Lion

If it helps anyone else, that's an added bonus, but this is mainly just a reference point for me; I'm always forgetting what all needs to be done setting up a development environment going. MNPP doesn't seem to work well, and I'm too cheap at the moment to pay for for MAMP Pro. Plus, MAMP uses Apache which I've been trying to get away from for the past few months because of its slowness.


# Get Xcode via the App Store and install command-line tools (1.6+GB)

# Grab homebrew
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

# Grab the taps we'll need later
brew tap josegonzalez/homebrew-php
brew tap homebrew/dupes

Install Percona

This is a drop-in replacement for MySQL with built-in speed improvements. Double plus good.

brew install percona-server
brew link percona-server
unset TMPDIR
mysql_install_db --verbose --user=[object Object] --basedir="$(brew --prefix percona-server)" --datadir=/usr/local/var/percona --tmpdir=/tmp
mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
cp /usr/local/opt/percona-server/homebrew.mxcl.percona-server.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.percona-server.plist

Install nginx

This little guy's awesome. No overhead for static files. Can act as a reverse-proxy cache for HTTPS content. I prefer Varnish for HTTP, though.

brew install nginx
sudo cp [object Object]/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/
sudo sed -i -e 's/[object Object]/root/g' [object Object]/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist
sudo mkdir /var/log/nginx/

Install php-fpm

PHP's fastcgi process manager. Kind of a resource hog, but better than using Apache/mod_php.

brew install --without-apache --with-fpm --with-mysql php54
sudo cp [object Object]/homebrew-php.josegonzalez.php54.plist  /Library/LaunchAgents/
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew-php.josegonzalez.php54.plist
php-fpm -v
sudo mv /usr/sbin/php-fpm /usr/sbin/php-fpm.bak
sudo ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/php54/5.4.11/sbin/php-fpm /usr/sbin/php-fpm
php-fpm -v
php -v
sudo mv /usr/bin/php /usr/bin/php.bak
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/php /usr/bin/php
php -v
echo 'export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/sbin' >> ~/.zshrc # or ~/.bash_profile

Configuration Files
  • /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
  • /usr/local/etc/php/5.4/php.ini
  • /usr/local/etc/nginx/fastcgi_params

Stop nginx with nginx -s stop, start with nginx, and reload config with nginx -s reload. Homebrew installs under /usr/local, so sudo shouldn't be needed when issuing those commands.

Percona steps from Wizard Mode. nginx and php-fpm steps from Matthew Holt.