How to Install WordPress on MacOS


WordPress is a free and opensource content management system based on PHP and MySQL. It has to be installed on a web server for the proper functioning. It is the most popular website management and blogging system present on the web.

As of February 2017, WordPress is used by 58.7 % websites whose content management system is known. In this tutorial, we will install WordPress on MacOS.


  • MacOS
  • Login as an administrator on terminal.
  • PHP 5.x or greater


To install WordPress on MacOS, we need to perform following steps.

1) Download compressed file
Visit and download the latest version of WordPress which is a compressed file.

2) extract the file

The archived file can be extracted using tar command on terminal. A folder with the same name will be created which will represent all the necessary files in uncompressed format.

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3) Create database

Start MySQL server and open the shell to create a database which will be used by WordPress.

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4) Start the PHP development server

To start the server, a simple command is executed. For this, We have to change our directory to the WordPress home directory.

  1. $ cd Downloads/WordPress   
  2. $ php ?S   

The command will start a PHP development server which is listening on the port 8080.

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5) Access WordPress from Localhost

Type localhost:8080 on your browser's bar and it will appear like following.

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Choose the language and press Enter.

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Click on let's go and the window will prompt to fill the database details such as database name, host address and password.

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When we submit the database details, the window prompt to enter the website credentials. Fill the website title, email and password and click submit.

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Click install WordPress to install it after filling all the details about the website.

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WordPress is installed now. It shows a login prompt window. We must fill the email address or username and the password to login to WordPress.

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Now we have installed WordPress successfully. Now we can make and customize our websites.

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