Tested with MAMP 1.7.2, b2evolution 3.2 and Mac OS X 10.5.7 :

  1. Download and install MAMP (Free) into the Applications folder
  2. Start MAMP and make sure you get the MAMP start page
  3. Download b2evolution and unzip it into /Applications/MAMP/htdocs
  4. Point yout browser to http://localhost:8888/b2evolution/ and follow install procedure
  5. When prompted for mysql username and password use "root" and "root". (the mysql host is "localhost")
  6. You're up and running, but with one caveat... when displaying blogs you'll run into incomplete pages and the php error log (/Applications/MAMP/logs/php_error.log) will give you a hint:

PHP Fatal error:  Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted

It doesn't make much sense that MAMP would come preconfigured with only 8MB of RAM available to apps. I bet that's an easy settign to change if you buy MAMP Pro (39 ?). To fix this on the free version though, open the file /Applications/MAMP/conf/php5/php.ini with TextEdit. Find the line that starts with memory_limit = and edit it as follows:

memory_limit = 128M

Comments from long ago:

Comment from: SEO

I’m waiting for the possibility to adapt in every post a unique metatag description and a unique metatag keywords. Then you become more SEO’s there use b2evo :)

2009-07-01 10-17

Comment from: François Planque

Unique meta desc and meta keywords are already implemented. they will be released in b2evolution 3.3.

2009-07-01 17-58

Comment from: Jay

Thanks for the tip on the Memory limit. That error was driving me crazy.

2009-08-04 13-31

Comment from: Peter Yexley

Fantastic !!

When will b2evolution 3.3 be issued?

Excellent so far!

2009-08-08 16-06

Comment from: François Planque

today :)

2009-08-08 16-08

Comment from: Redlining

Thanks for your nice tips. really these are very helpful.

2010-06-18 09-48

Comment from: Builders Merchant

Was taking me ages to get this working then I read about the memory limit - thanks!!!

2011-10-21 10-33

Comment from: Harry Mudd

Five years later, any recommendations for running b2e on Mac Mini Servers running OS X (Mavericks) Server? Posting across domains is very appealing as is monetizing the blog and fora posts with ads, and then fully embedding Google Analytics.

As long as these can be done, I’ll buy the servers ASAP.



2014-03-06 10-46

Comment from: François Planque

Hello Harry,

On Mavericks OS X Server there is a built in apache server so you don’t need to install MAMP. So in your case, you might want to follow instructions such as these: Setting Up And Using Web Services in OS X Mavericks Server

Adding ads and analytics are straightforward javascript snippet copy/paste operations. You’ll have no problem with these ;)

2014-03-06 14-41

Comment from: Harry Mudd

Thank you for greatly increasing my peace of mind! I have followed b2e for years and very much look forward to using it as the cornerstone of future work.

2014-03-07 09-01