Monday, December 15, 2014

MAMP PRO: Postfix - The Ultimate Guide

MAMP PRO only uses Postfix from Mac OS X to implement basic mail-sending capabilities. It was designed to help developers to check if their mail scripts are working correctly, to see if all the information that is supposed to be in a mail, is really there, to check the layout and so on. It was never intended to use Postfix as a full-fledged email server replacement. Please keep that in mind.

A minimal Postfix setup is simple. We use Googles Gmail service as an example to demonstrate the workings of Postfix.

In the Postfix section of MAMP PRO please set the domain of outgoing emails to "". Leave the Smart Host checkbox unchecked.

Click the Button "Use this data". In Postfix' log file you will see something like

Dec 12 09:10:48 Tonne postfix/master[31865]: daemon started -- version 2.9.4, configuration /etc/postfix

The log file is located at /var/log/mail.log and can be viewed with

In MAMP PRO, create a host (let's say you call it 'postman') and assign it a document root folder.

In a text editor create a PHP script, a basic mail-sending PHP script would look like:

Please replace '' and '' with working Gmail addresses. Save the script to the document root folder of 'postman'.

Make sure the servers of MAMP PRO are running and click on the right arrow located next to the field "Server name" in the General section of the Hosts view. Your web browser should open and show the message "Testing Postfix...".

In /var/log/mail.log new entries will appear, similar to

The most important information is "status=sent". This means Postfix has handed the message over to Gmail which has accepted it. The last line indicates that Postfix has removed the message from its local queue, Postfix has done its work!

If, and where to, Gmail delivers the message is out of the hands of Postfix now. Please check your spam folder if the message does not show up in your inbox. Make sure you are looking in the correct spam folder, on Gmails webpage it's hidden behind "More" in the folder hierarchy on the left side.

If you need more sophisticated email capabilities you might want to use a Smart Host. In this case, please contact your email provider for the correct settings. Typically, free accounts do not have smart host capabilities.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Screencasts on MAMP.TV

A few weeks ago we started our youtube channel MAMP.TV You will find how to´s, walkthroughs and trouble shooting tips about MAMP & MAMP PRO. 

We already published a set of 12 videos. Most viewed is out MAMP PRO Introduction followed by the installing Wordpress on MAMP PRO screencast.
We´ll keep this up and we´ll publish more tutorial and videos about MAMP in the future.


Friday, April 11, 2014

MAMP & MAMP PRO 3.0.4 released

We´ve just released version 3.0.4 of MAMP & MAMP PRO. The menu bar icon is now Retina compatible and - on popular request - you can switch the blue elephant icon into a black one.
Another tidbit is that you are now able to choose the browser you want to use to open a site from MAMP PRO.

Other improvements are:

  • Fixed a problem with font support in ImageMagick
  • Installer images are now Retina compatible
  • Added: PHP v5.4.26, Ghostscript 9.14
  • Updated: ImageMagick 6.8.8-9, Imagick 3.1.2, phpMyAdmin 4.1.12,
  • phpLiteAdmin 1.9.5, APCu 4.0.4, Xdebug 2.2.4, Perl 5.18.12

  • Option to turn off the color of the status menu icon
  • Status menu icon is now Retina compatible
  • Sites can now be opened in a specific webbrowser
  • Summary includes the last 20 lines of the server error logs
  • Summary can be easily send via email
  • DirectoryIndex will be honored for all virtual hosts


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

MAMP for Windows Beta released

Today we released MAMP for Windows Beta. We are looking forward to your feedback! Bugs can be filed at our bug base.
MAMP for Windows comes with the same set of features like the Mac version. MAMP for Windows Beta comes in English – in the final version the languages Spanisch, French, Russian, Japanese and German.


Thursday, March 06, 2014

Release of MAMP & MAMP PRO Version 3

Version 3 of MAMP & MAMP PRO is now available for download.


What´s new?



A major improvement in MAMP 3 are the 'Extras': We have received many requests on how to install and integrate Wordpress, Jooomla, and Drupal with MAMP PRO. With MAMP PRO Extras you can download and install these Content Management Systems with just a few clicks. To start with we will be including wordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and webEdition. We will be making additions to this list in the future.

No more starting and stopping your servers just because your hosts use different PHP versions. With MAMP PRO 3.0 you can run different versions of PHP in parallel without having to start and stop your servers.


An oft-requested feature that is now available in MAMP PRO. Imagemagick can now be activated using the php.ini template. Dynamic generation of images and editing raster graphics is easily accomplished without having to read a long tutorial.

New Interface

We have given the MAMP PRO 3.0 interface a facelift. The interface is now clearer and better structured with integrated tool tips that help you with clear explanations of the new features. The new icon is a symbol of the new simplified MAMP interface.

Local network access

You want to keep a colleague up to date with your current progress? This is now possible via Simply click on the Sharing-Button and your email client will be opened with an embedded link to one of your hosts.  The receiver of this email can now simply click on the link, taking them directly to the work on your host.

Menu Bar
One of the most requested features was adding MAMP PRO to the Menubar. Now you can easily see the server status, turn the servers on and off, or open the main window through the Menubar. In addition, you can view the log files display and change the settings of MAMP PRO.

You will be automatically notified of updates when they are made available. This way you are always up to date and can use the latest version.

  • Apache HTTP Server 2.2.25
  • MySQL 5.5.34
  • PHP 5.1.6, PHP 5.2.17, PHP 5.3.28, PHP 5.4.25, PHP 5.5.9
  • APC/apcu 3.1.13/4.0.3
  • eAccelerator
  • XCache 1.2.2 & 1.3.2 & 3.1.0
  • Xdebug 2.2.3
  • Perl 5.18.0
  • mod_perl 2.0.8
  • Python 2.7.5
  • mod_wsgi 3.4
  • mod_python 3.5.0
  • phpMyAdmin 4.1.8
  • phpLiteAdmin 1.9.4-1
  • SQLiteManager 1.2.4
  • Freetype 2.5.2
  • t1lib 5.1.2
  • curl 7.28.1
  • jpeg 8d
  • libpng 1.6.6
  • tiff 4.0.3
  • ImageMagick 6.8.7-0
  • Imagick 3.1.1
  • gd 2.0.34
  • zlib 1.2.8
  • ICU 52.1 (Unicode 6.3)
  • libxml2 2.8.0
  • libxslt 1.1.28
  • gettext
  • libidn 1.17
  • iconv 1.14
  • mcrypt 2.6.8
  • YAZ 4.0.1 & PHP/YAZ 1.1.5
This update is already available on our download page and our shop, don't hesitate to report any other bug you may find to our bugbase so we can fix it as quickly as possible.

Please note: Existing customers of MAMP PRO 2.x can upgrade to MAMP PRO 3 at a very reasonable rate.



Monday, January 27, 2014

MAMP & MAMP PRO 3.0 Beta Test (Update)

Update: We´ve now stopped accepting applications for our betat test.

We are putting the final touches on the new versions of MAMP & MAMP PRO. The new versions contain many new features and are awaiting thorough testing by current MAMP (PRO) users!

To be eligible for beta testing MAMP & MAMP Pro 3 you must have OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Every beta test participant will receive a free license of MAMP Pro 3.0. In addition, we will be giving out $100 Amazon gift certificates to three lucky beta testers.

Participation is limited.

Would you like to be a MAMP & MAMP Pro 3 beta tester?
1. Please visit our bug-tracker at and sign up for an account.
2. Send us an email at:
Please include the following information:

• My bug-tracker username:
• My current OS X version:
• I am currently a user of MAMP Pro? [y][n]
• My experience with the following programming languages are?
php: [ ] good, [ ] some, [ ] none
Perl: [ ] good, [ ] some, [ ] none
Python: [ ] good, [ ] some, [ ] none

3. You will receive an email from us with further information when beta testing has begun.
4. At this point you can download and thoroughly test MAMP & MAMP Pro 3!


Monday, August 19, 2013

How to upgrade phpMyAdmin in MAMP / MAMP PRO

  1. Download the latest version
  2. Unpack the archive you just downloaded, the resulting folder should be called somewhat like "phpMyAdmin-x.y-all-languages"
  3. Copy (in the Finder press ALT key to copy the file) the file "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/phpMyAdmin/" to "phpMyAdmin-x.y-all-languages"
  4. Rename "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/phpMyAdmin" to "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/phpMyAdmin-OLD"
  5. Rename "/Applications/MAMP/bin/phpMyAdmin" to "/Applications/MAMP/bin/phpMyAdmin-OLD"
  6. Copy "phpMyAdmin-x.y-all-languages" to "/Applications/MAMP/bin/"
  7. Rename "/Applications/MAMP/bin/phpMyAdmin-x.y-all-languages" to "/Applications/MAMP/bin/phpMyAdmin"
  8. Copy "phpMyAdmin-x.y-all-languages" to "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/"
  9. Rename "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/phpMyAdmin-x.y-all-languages" to "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/phpMyAdmin"

Attention: Do not simply move files or folders, copy them.