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How to check running status of LAMP stack

Follow these simple steps to find out the status of Apache HTTP web server, MySQL and PHP in your LAMP stack.

Apache HTTP web server

Go to http://server-ip:80 on your web browser. A page saying your Apache server is running properly should show up.

If it isn’t working, then check the status of the Apache web server by running the following command in your terminal

For Ubuntu:

# service apache2 status

For CentOS:

# /etc/init.d/httpd status

This command will show whether Apache is running or has stopped. If it is stopped, then restart the web server for which use the below command.

For Ubuntu:

# service apache2 restart

For CentOS:

# /etc/init.d/httpd restart


You can use mysqladmin command to find out whether mysql is running or not.

# mysqladmin -u root -p status


Enter password:
Uptime: 232454  Threads: 1  Questions: 25  Slow queries: 0  Opens: 16  Flush tables: 1  Open tables: 9  Queries per second avg: 0.0

If mysql is not running, you will receive the following message or similar.

mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
error: 'Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2)'
Check that mysqld is running and that the socket: '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' exists!

You can restart mysql service using the following command

In Ubuntu:

# sudo service mysql restart

In CentOS:

# sudo service mysqld restart

After restarting mysql, you can check the status again to make sure it is running.


To verify if php is installed properly and running in your Virtual Compute Node, create a file by using the command below

sudo vim /var/www/html/info.php

Press the key I to edit the file, enter the following content in the file and then save and exit by pressing ESC key followed by :wq! then hit Enter.


Then restart the Apache web server . This is done in order for the web server to recognize the changes done to the server. You can check the status of php by entering the following URL in your web browser.


If php is running in your server, you will receive the following message in your web browser.

Updated on February 3, 2017

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