MAMP is used to install WordPress on local PC and Mac. As with every software, MAMP is also updated frequently. You need to update your version to the latest version to ensure the localhost site can work properly. It is a good idea to develop and test on the latest version which exactly works like production environment. In this article let us discuss how to update MAMP to new version on your localhost. Check out complete list of MAMP tips for WordPress users to work like a pro.
Finding a New Version
Whenever you launch MAMP, the start page will automatically popup on default browser client. You can also manually launch the startup page by clicking on the “WebStart” icon on the MAMP application as shown below:
Check on the “MAMP Version” section to see any updates are available for you.
What Does the Update Contain?
Click on the update available link to go to the download section. You can download the latest MAMP and PHP versions from this download page.
Similar to the initial download, the download package for the updated version also contains MAMP and 14 days trial version of MAMP-Pro. You can either try out MAMP-Pro and upgrade to the full version or only install MAMP without Pro trail during installation.
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How to Install Updated MAMP Version without Pro Version?
Click on the download button to get the latest package on your local Mac or PC. It will take sometime to completely download the package. Launch the installer by double clicking on the installation package and navigate through the process.
Click on the “Customize” button when you are on the “Installation Type” section.
On the next screen, uncheck “MAMP PRO” option and continue your installation. This will ignore Pro version and only install the free MAMP version on your computer.
You will see a success message once the installation is finished.
MAMP will prompt whether automatically delete the installer package. You can select “Yes” to delete the installer package or manually delete the package file later.
Ensure to logout of your localhost site and the MAMP server during installation process. You will get the below warning message if you are logged into the MAMP server and the installation will fail without completion. You need to start the installation process from the beginning again.
Note: If you can’t remove MAMP Pro, continue the installation process. You can later uninstall or delete only the Pro version without affecting free MAMP version.
Launching Updated MAMP Version
Unlike other application upgrade, updating MAMP server will change the existing application folder with the timestamp of installation added like “MAMP_2016-10-23_02-48-13”. And create a new folder with the name MAMP. After everything is working fine you can simply delete the MAMP folder with timestamp.
You can launch the localsite without deleting the old folder with timestamp, as your default document root is pointing to “MAMP > htdocs” folder.
Once local site can be opened successfully check the MAMP version is showing the latest in the webstart page.
Upgrading MySQL Database
Sometimes you may need to upgrade the MySQL database version when the MAMP version is updated. MAMP will take the backup of your database to the latest compatible version and show you the message before completion of the installation.
You can either upgrade the database from “Tools” menu on the webstart page or you will be prompted to upgrade on the application launch pad as shown below:
Just click on the “OK” button and click on the “Upgrade” to update the database to the latest version. You will see the update running and complete with “OK” status for all items.
Now that your database is updated along with the latest MAMP version.