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How to install a local web server on your Mac

Why install our builder locally ?

There are many good reasons to set up our html builder on your local hard drive, but the most important is undoubtedly the one that concerns speed and performance. Since everything is on your own hard drive and not on a server, loading times tend to be much quicker, resulting in a more efficient workflow.

Setting up a Local Environment with MAMP

MAMP stands for Macintosh, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Basically, it is a free application you can install on your Mac laptop or desktop computer that gives you access to a local Apache server.

Before you can install MAMP on your Mac, you'll need to download it from the MAMP website. MAMP requires that your Mac be running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

MAMP should start downloading automatically. It can take a few minutes to download. Once the download is finished, open the downloaded file. Drag and drop the image file inside it to your Applications folder. Follow the on screen instructions. You can now launch MAMP from Applications » MAMP.

Note. The first time you launch MAMP, it may ask you about upgrading to the PRO version. You can ignore that for now.

By default, MAMP assigns a folder named “htdocs” to be the home for our local sites. For this tutorial we will use the default provided by MAMP but you can assign any folder on your system to be your workspace for all of your locally installed websites.

With our local site directories all setup (our’s is the MAMP default), we are ready to start up the MAMP servers. Click the big Start servers button.

If your servers started successfully your default browser should open to a webpage at http://localhost:8888/MAMP/ which looks like below.

Now that MAMP is running you just need to place the "Builder" folder in Applications>MAMP>htdocs and point your browser at http://localhost:8888/Builder