James Wilson

Web developer. Drupal enthusiast. Surfer and musician. I craft bespoke websites at Bluespark.

Mamp virtual host configuration

My MAMP Pro demo expired, so i decided it was time to setup my MAMP installation just like i had my old apache configured. It required a couple of changes to my custom user.conf file but here is the result:

$ cat /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/jameswilson.conf
DocumentRoot /Users/jameswilson/Sites
<Directory "/Users/jameswilson/Sites/">
    Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all


    VirtualDocumentRoot /Users/jameswilson/Sites/%-2+/public

# VirtualDirectoryRoot with SSL instructions:
#   http://bit.ly/dEl8qC
<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
<VirtualHost *:443>
    VirtualDocumentRoot /Users/jameswilson/Sites/%-2+/public
    ErrorLog /Applications/MAMP/log/apache_error_log
    CustomLog /Applications/MAMP/log/apache_access_log combined
    SSLEngine on
    SSLCertificateFile "/Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/ssl_crt/server.crt"
    SSLCertificateKeyFile "/Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/ssl_key/server.key"

I had previous configured the server.crt and server.key settings using another tutorial. And the above config file came out of a lot of sweat and tears configuring Mac OS X’s standard apache, for my desired custom config.

Now I am able to put projects in my Sites folder, and inside each project is a public/ folder where the webroot is located.

Example 1: Install drupal to:


Then access it via:


HTTPS is currently not working but I dont have time to futz around with it to fix it today.