Setting up a quick and dirty EC2 LAMP stack

Posted By Pamela Gay on Aug 2, 2015 | 3 comments

Ok, sometimes you just need a tiny computer to sit there and do something undisturbed where no one is going to turn it off. The problem I have at the moment is I’m traveling so my laptop is on again off again, so it can’t be trusted to have nice things processes. While I could ssh into my work computer, the building I work on is under-construction, so the power is not to be trusted. My home computer can not be gotten to from here… so, there is an app EC2 node for that.

I just launched a happy little EC2 micro instance using the default Ubuntu AMI. I’m about to turn it into a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and then use it to do so very slow data mining of twitter. Amazon has some pretty good documentation to get you started. Once I had my micro instance on Linux, I ssh’d and set up Apache, MySQL, and PHP.


  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

And… you’re done. It’s just that simple.

I also realized I needed git, but hey – that’s just one more line of code

  • sudo apt-get install git

Now, I’m off to git my code and things are off and running like speeding turtles.



  1. Turtles all the way down, one presumes. (One of my all-time favorite phrases since I first heard you utter it on an episode of AstronomyCast.) Anyway, congratulations. You are scarily competent.

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