Enabling PHP's "Zip Extension" in MAMP

Saverio, Jan 26

If you're involved in web development on the Mac, chances are you've seen or used MAMP before (especially if you're doing PHP development). It's a great platform and MAMP PRO is a great tool to quickly do things that get kind of tedious to handle via terminal. During my ongoing development of Heartbeat, I found myself needing PHP's zip extension and unfortunately, it doesn't come enabled by default with MAMP. After compiling PHP about 10 times and running into weird errors, I found an approach that worked for me. I know there are easier ways (PECL); however, it's not very reliable with MAMP and out of the 3-4 times that I've needed to install extensions with MAMP, utilizing PECL only worked once. This method seems fool-proof as far as I've seen.

1. Download MAMP's "Source" package, located here. If that link doesn't work, it should be linked at the bottom of this page: http://mamp.info/en/download.html

2. Open the archive and look for the PHP version that you're using (4 or 5) and unzip that archive. (I'm using 5 (everyone should be), so I unzipped that one.)

3. Open terminal and cd to the PHP directory that you just unzipped.

4. Run the following command in terminal: ./configure --prefix=/tmp/php

5. Wait for the configure script to finish and then run: export PATH=/tmp/php/bin:$PATH

6. Now, cd to the zip extension directory: cd ext/zip

7. Run: phpize

8. Run: ./configure

9. Wait for it to finish and then run: make

10. Wait for it to finish and then run: sudo make install   -- (You'll need to type your administrative password.)

11. After it's done running, you'll see something like this:

Installing shared extensions:     /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/

12. Copy the zip.so extension file from that directory to your PHP installation's extension directory: 

cp /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/zip.so /Applications/MAMP/bin/php5/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20050922

 

13. Open up MAMP's PHP.ini file (Hint: In MAMP Pro, open up the MAMP Pro app, go to "File > Edit Template > PHP5 php.ini") and scroll down to where your extensions are listed and add the following on a new line: extension=zip.so

14. Save the file, restart Apache and your PHP Info page should reveal that the zip extension is now installed. 

 

Saverio

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