Introduction

If you’ve ever tried installing a server application (like WordPress) or a development environment (like an Apache/PHP/MySQL environment), you already know that it’s a lot harder than it seems at first glance. There are files to download and copy, configuration settings to be adjusted, and various other hoops to jump through before you can actually get some productive work in.

Needless to say, there’s a better way: a Bitnami native installer. Bitnami provides pre-packaged images for automated setup of popular server software on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms. Each installer includes all of the software necessary to run out of the box, and it’s also completely self contained. This means that there are no additional libraries, databases, and runtimes to download, and, once installed, the new application or development environment will not interfere with other software on your system.

In this guide, I’ll walk you, step by step, through the process of using a Bitnami native installer to deploy a new server application on your local development system.