I’ve been using a fan­tas­tic lit­tle appli­ca­tion called MAMP to devel­op my web­sites and do some work for clients over the past year or so..  How­ev­er, after a recent re-instal­la­tion of my MacOS and sub­se­quent MAMP instal­la­tion I got a lit­tle excit­ed about get­ting things cus­tomized and wiped out the MAMP Start Page URL in my haste to get the prop­er doc­u­ment loca­tion con­fig­ured. After count­less web search­es with way more infor­ma­tion than was help­ful I wasn’t able to find a link with the default start page path.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, rein­stalling MAMP has no effect on the sil­ly change I made, so I sus­pect the infor­ma­tion is stored in some ran­dom hid­den file..

So.  For the record (and so I don’t have to go search­ing for this info again).  The MAMP Start Page val­ue should be /MAMP (and be sure to keep it upper case!)..

MAMP Start Page setting

MAMP Start Page set­ting

Also for the record, I store my doc­u­ments in a fold­er called MAMPserver­Da­ta that lives in the doc­u­ments fold­er of my pro­file.  This ensures that when I do a back­up I don’t have to go search­ing for the code behind my devel­op­ment sites..

MAMP alternate document root

MAMP alter­nate doc­u­ment root

And one more also.. If you’re look­ing for a good quick tuto­r­i­al or refresh­er on how to set up MAMP, have a look here!

(Post-Edit: This link has been updat­ed to point to a video tuto­r­i­al Addi­son Berry has record­ed for installing the new ver­sion of MAMP to get a Dru­pal instal­la­tion start­ed.  I haven’t per­son­al­ly tried the new ver­sion of MAMP (the old one still works just fine), but it sounds like she’s nailed the per­ti­nent fea­tures and the fin­er points of the new ver­sion. Def­i­nite­ly worth try­ing to fol­low along. If you have suc­cess (or trou­ble) with it, please leave a com­ment and per­haps we can all explore it togeth­er. )


8 Responses to MAMP Start Page

  1. Ralph Barhydt says:

    Thank you very much, Jor­dan for this post 2 years ago. It’s now Sep­tem­ber of 2012. I installed MAMP yes­ter­day because of all the hype about how easy it is to install and run and I need a local test­ing serv­er for Dreamweaver. You would not believe how dif­fi­cult it was to find this infor­ma­tion. The MAMP forum is absolute­ly use­less and I could nev­er seem to fig­ure out exact­ly what the prob­lem was because the two set­tings “set page url” and “doc­u­ment root” have very dif­fer­ent func­tions and there is no infor­ma­tion in all the tuto­ri­als and Adobe pages I found that explained any­thing about “set page url.” So, even though the servers were run­ning, I didn’t real­ize it because I couldn’t find the start page. Seems stu­pid on my part but your page explained it clear­ly when oth­ers just could not. Thank you. Hope you are doing well. I like your surf­ing pic­ture.

  2. Jordan says:

    Awe­some! Ralph, I’m real­ly pleased that was help­ful to some­one else, I actu­al­ly had to re-read the post to get clear on the con­tent because it’s been so long, but I do remem­ber hav­ing a very sim­i­lar and frus­trat­ing time try­ing to fig­ure out the issue. MAMP is real­ly a great tool, despite the lack­ing forum.. I’m def­i­nite­ly well (though a bit slack­ing in the update this-blog-depart­ment), and I’m also pleased that you like the surf­ing shot. That was tak­en on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii a few years back.

    Thanks also to you, for tak­ing the time to com­ment on this post; know­ing what is help­ful to oth­ers helps moti­vate me to post again. :) –Take care! JC

  3. Andrew Condon says:

    Thanks a lot for doc­u­ment­ing this in a google-able man­ner!

  4. Jordan says:

    My plea­sure Andrew, I’m glad this could help you too. It’s fun­ny, I was just think­ing about this arti­cle the oth­er day as I con­tem­plat­ed play­ing with the new ver­sion of Joom­la! Hap­py MAMP­ing!

  5. Bruce says:

    Thank you so much.…..been spend­ing so much time get­ting mamp-dreamweaver-word­press to talk to each oth­er, and fol­lowed all kinds of bad advice.…THANKS!!

  6. Jordan says:

    Great to hear it was help­ful Bruce! Sor­ry that you got some bad advice, but I’m glad to know you got things worked out. I’ve had some pret­ty good suc­cess with both Word­Press and Joom­la! run­ning on MAMP, so once you’re set up it should be smooth sail­ing!

  7. Simon says:

    I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in pen­ning this site.
    I am hop­ing to view the same high-grade con­tent by you lat­er on as well.
    In fact, your cre­ative writ­ing abil­i­ties has inspired me to get my own blog now ;)

  8. Jordan says:

    Thanks Simon! Per­haps one of these days, I’ll even get back to post­ing! Blog on!