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MAMP PRO Reviews5.7

05 June 2020

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anonymous-deer-2515
23 July 2013
Version: 2.1.4

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Overall, I have found MAMPS/MAMPS Pro to be a solid useable package. Thus 4 star's; however ... I switched from using MAMPS Pro for several years to AMPPS for the following reasons: 1) AMPPS has been easier to teach to my kids than MAMPS 2) In my view, MAMPS has some pieces related to the user configuration which are "more closed, less transparent" than AMPPS. AMPPS directly provides the raw config files. MAMPS layers a closed source GUI on various config files. 3) AMPPS directory structure is more like our live server directory structure than MAMPS. 4) AMPPS more convenient to use. In particular, the basic CPanel and Softaculous are particularly helpful in working with installing and maintaining open source web apps such as WordPress.
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iTwanneman
28 January 2020
Version: 5.5
The app is working to a certain extent but if you need help their support is VERY VERY VERY bad!
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2.5
Bleepgeeks-com
14 November 2018
Version: 5.1
Currently MAMP (PRO) 5 only offers to run Apache version 2.2.x and NOT Apache v 2.4+ . In my case that prevents me to work on latest development projects where .htaccess uses directive only available from Apaceh v 2.4 onward. Please check your requiements before you buy MAMP Pro 5. Otherwise would be the best local web dev stack for mac.
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3.5
Philby
05 September 2018
Version: 5.1
Switched from MAMP Pro 3.x to Local by Flywheel and now to Valet+ for strictly WordPress development, and so far I'm not complaining. I tried MAMP Pro 4 about a year back, and 5 recently, but Local was, in my usage, more stable and predictable (no mysterious MySQL not running errors) than MAMP Pro, about the same speed, and in fact quite a bit more comfortable to use. While Valet+ obviously has no GUI, it's between 2 and 3 times faster in day-to-day use. I'm very much of a GUI and proper-software-not-shell-gobbledigook type of person, but for me the days of MAMP are over. Three stars because MAMP is somewhat easy to run, and they're actually doing good work – if it was nearly as fast as Valet, I'd be back in a second with 5 stars.
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0.5
Eviandem
14 June 2018
Version: 4.5
Very bad support
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4.5
LuxLogica
30 May 2018
Version: 4.5
Stable, feature-full and extremely well-documented and easy-to-use interface. Would love to see options to install stacks other than *AMP - e.g., Node - as well as one-click instal of docker-based software distributions (like Discourse, etc.).
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5
Teksestro
15 February 2018
Version: 4.4.1
Easy installation, work as advertised, flawlessly, out-of-the-box. Good, thorough documentation online, and plenty of features to configure to your heart's content. Developer quick and responsive when contacted. Just hope for more easy-instal packages - i.e., beyond Wordpress.
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Detlevski
09 February 2018
Version: 4.4
I have been using MAMP PRO for over a decade now and I am reading a lot of (outdated) negative reviews. Problems with configurations, not working "out of the box". That is just not true, MAMP PRO works just fine, every update worked fine. A lot of whining, but it just works. I find it a bit strange to read comments from developers(?) not being able to fix simple config issues that are an essential part of being a developer. There are some issues with the interface like not sometimes not being able to quit the app properly. But all my 32 vhosts work fine. So if your doubting after reading the negative comments, don't..
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0.5
dave-123
29 January 2017
Version: 4.1
MAMP PRO 4 big waist of time and money.

Pros
Nicer interface from version 3

Cons
- Upgrade (version 3 to 4) does not work out of the box
- Requires lots of configuration to get working properly
- Have never been able to get Nginx to work
- No support - haven't gotten responses to email
- Licensing issues - does not accept license key from Mamp Pro 3, so would not do this as an upgrade. might work if you uninstall version 3 and purchase Mamp Pro 4 full version and not as an upgrade.
- Big footprint - over one gigabyte of disk space for installation

Summary
Mamp Pro 3 worked great for years, and I was generally happy with it. As my needs become more advanced, I started using virtual machines to mimic the exact same environment as the production server, so there were no surprises after deployment. Then I was mainly use Mamp for the ability to set something up quickly as a temporary measure to test out a theme or plugin.

Once Mamp Pro 4 was released, I was prompted for an upgrade every time I started Mamp in the usual obtrusive popup, despite checking the box "Skip this upgrade." I finally decided to do the upgrade and didn't think it would hurt anything. To my regret, the upgrade broke all sites I currently had set up. I got permissions (403 forbidden), database errors "Error establishing database connection" and all sort of other problems.

Support for this product is almost nonexistent. I was able to get an email response initially to get the licensing issue partially resolved. But I have not gotten any responses from subsequent emails regarding tech support, and further licensing issues.

I wouldn't waist my time or money with Mamp Pro 4. If you don't want to start using virtual machines (Vargrant with Virtualbox for example), there're numerous other options for full stack tools like Mamp (paid and free) with good support, including Desktop Server, AMPPS, and XAMPP to name a few.
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InspiredLife2
15 December 2016
Version: 3.5.2
Should MacUpdate be listing Mamp Pro 4 ? I believe it was released in August.
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Teksestro
10 October 2016
Version: 3.5.2
I've used MAMP Pro for years, and it's been an essential tool in my web development toolbox: extremely reliable, configurable, and flexible.

I will deduct half a star, because unlike some of the competition - i.e., Bitnami - a MAMP Pro setup cannot (or at least should not) be deployed directly to a production server - the security settings are tweaked for development, not for production. If MAMP Pro could be deployed and run directly on a Mac Server, Apple would have a lot less macOS Server fans... Appsolute needs to add a preference to 'enable production security settings', and then it would be perfect.
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WordWeaver
17 September 2015
Version: 3.3
None of the connections to my locally-hosted domain names work after upgrading to the El Capitan Golden Master. Have any other El Capitan users experienced this, or am I the lone wolf? I am using Mamp Pro 3.4. I have checked and verified all of my Mamp Pro settings, my virtual hosts directory paths, my port numbers, my port forwarding, etc., as well as my hosts file, and everything appears to be as it should, yet I cannot connect to any of my websites. Appsolute has not been able to provide me with any solutions to this problem as of yet. Thanks to anyone who can at least offer evidence that they are experiencing the same thing with El Capitan.
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2.5
mattcoxmail
19 April 2015
Version: 3.0.7.3
Just updated Mamp to version 3.2.1 on Yosemite. Both Apache and MySQL servers are green but when I go to my localhost I keep getting: This webpage is not available ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED (in Chrome). I’ve tried incognito browsing and Firefox with the same result, also tried both the Mamp default port settings and ports 80 & 3306. Can anyone suggest how to fix this…it’s starting to drive me crazy! Thank you
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Diarbyrag
09 April 2015
Version: 3.2
MU Download link gives a 404 error and the Mamp website version is 3.0.7.3 updated last November. Thought Aprils fools day was last week :-)
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Eelco-Deuling
03 December 2014
Version: 3.0.7.3
While this is an easy "AMP stack development" environment I have used since version 1, the latest versions of MAMP Pro 3 have some problems. with the "Extra's" (the one click installments of Wordpress etc. that are among the new features of version 3). Since 3.0.7 they just do not work as advertised. Tried and failed on three computers. MAMP Pro is bundled with some free applications to administer MySQL: first there were three, now only Sequel Pro is bundled and MySQLWorkBench is offered as an optional install. I wish I could choose to install these options from the main installer of MAMP Pro: you are not warned that they are included or excluded in the updates.
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WordWeaver
21 August 2014
Version: 3.0.5
Here is a helpful tip I just discovered on the new MAMP PRO support forum, which I just used successfully. If you are running the Yosemite Developer Previews, and MAMP's Apache server refuses to load, make this file name change: From this: Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/envvars To this: Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/_envvars All you have done is add an underscore in front of the filename "envvars". I don't know why it works, or how this solution was discovered, but it saved me hours/days of frustration. The only other recourse would be to go back to DP5, which I was not about to do, because it would require a complete OS reinstall. I hope this little tip helps someone.
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4.5
alexnl
30 July 2014
Version: 3.0.5
Easy to install with a nice user interface to control settings, hosts, versions, etc.
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Sparrowhawk
12 March 2014
Version: 3.0.2
Does this still need to be run from an admin account? This was the main drawback for me with v2
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Invalid
05 March 2014
Version: 3.0
ImageMagick built in? CGI mode for individual PHP versions per site? Menu bar control? Looks like an awesome enhancement list for v3.0. And thanks for making it Snow Leopard compatible!
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stafmans
13 September 2013
Version: 2.1.4
My experience: probably a good product but lousy support. I'm using MAMP for a year now and enjoy working with it. It is stable and easy to use and setup. I upgraded to MAMP PRO via the PROMO from Macupdate last week. MAMP PRO does not start up with me unless I completely work as an Admin, which I for safety reasons consider 'bad practise'. I made a support ticket for this but this is waiting to be assigned now for some weeks. So I just want to warn you: maybe a good product, but if it doesn't work you're probably on your own, which makes it also a very expensive product if you cannot use it.
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anonymous-deer-2515
23 July 2013
Version: 2.1.4
Overall, I have found MAMPS/MAMPS Pro to be a solid useable package. Thus 4 star's; however ... I switched from using MAMPS Pro for several years to AMPPS for the following reasons: 1) AMPPS has been easier to teach to my kids than MAMPS 2) In my view, MAMPS has some pieces related to the user configuration which are "more closed, less transparent" than AMPPS. AMPPS directly provides the raw config files. MAMPS layers a closed source GUI on various config files. 3) AMPPS directory structure is more like our live server directory structure than MAMPS. 4) AMPPS more convenient to use. In particular, the basic CPanel and Softaculous are particularly helpful in working with installing and maintaining open source web apps such as WordPress.
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redesigned
18 July 2012
Version: 2.1.1
Best way of managing a local web development environment ever. I highly recommend for any web developer. I'd like to see these features in the future: Auto-sync with production server. Activity indicator badges on the dock icon. 1 click site cloning. 1 click database creation. Terminal launch with command line apps in path. I was able to set up the terminal launch myself, and creating databases is easy through the terminal or phpmyadmin, but these both could still be made easier. Likewise i was able to setup a third part app to sync between local and production servers, but would rather this was built in. Activity badges would be the icing on the cake. Thanks.
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4.5
Regular-Warren
02 July 2012
Version: 2.1.0
In my experience, MAMP has always been incredibly reliable and easy to use.
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5
Mr-Camaleo
01 April 2012
Version: 2.0.5
easy to use, very well done interface. There is still space to improve but warmly suggested to every professional developer!
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5
webmeist
07 March 2012
Version: 2.0.5
Can I ask, I have a PPC Mac with Leopard, 10.5.8, not intel, so I need to download the older version, but on this site it says that the older version is compatible with Tiger, 10.4, nothing about 10.5. Does this 1.9 version run with Leopard as well? Just checking. Also, I saw on the MAMP forum that someone said they had loaded the old version and then had trouble getting their license to work with it? Has anyone else had an issue with this? Can you still get a license for the older version? Thanks for any help.
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Mediaformae
21 February 2012
Version: 2.0.5
Can anyone give me a real reason ti upgrade to PRO? The free version is just fine. Oh yes, I'm a newbie and I get it up and running in less than 5 minutes. Am I missing something? Really? Thanks in advance.
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5
dear-apple-com
21 February 2012
Version: 2.0.5
If you want effortless virtual hosts management then this is the thing.
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5
timdmackey
17 January 2012
Version: 2.0.5
This is an absolute must if you do Web Development on the Mac. MAMP Pro saves me so much time!
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WordWeaver
18 October 2011
Version: 2.0.5
I just updated my MAMP Pro setup from 2.0.3 to 2.0.5 on my 27" iMac running Lion 10.7.2. There were no errors or problems during the upgrade, and all of my sites continue to run just great! Well done!
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5
nomadrichard
18 September 2011
Version: 2.0.3
An essential Tool for Web Development on the Mac
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3.5
Dana-Webb
05 August 2011
Version: 2.0.1
I've been using MAMP Pro 1.x for years now and have been very satisfied. However, I was not aware of the new version until I received the sale notice from MacUpdate this morning. (Now that I think about it, I've never received email of any sort from the developer on MAMP Pro.) Today's reduced price is essentially the same thing that it would cost me to purchase the upgrade -- unless the developer is extending the discount to current users? Before opening my wallet, I'll be doing some research on "WebStart". It seems to be the best choice amongst MAMP's competitors.
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WordWeaver
15 July 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Over the past several days, I have been struggling with installing the PPC version of the Bitnami WordPress stack on an old Macintosh G4 mini-tower running Tiger 10.4.11. Even though Beltrán is assisting me in his forum, I still haven't been able to resolve some path issues. So, I am wondering...how does MAMP and MAMP Pro compare to the Bitnami WordPress stack? Does anyone here have experience with both MAMP and the Bitnami WordPress stack? If so, which have you found to be easier to install and use, MAMP or Bitnami, particularly if you are also running the standalone version of WordPress? If you do have such experience, would it be easy for me to set up MAMP and then to import all of my posts, user comments, menus, etc. from my current WordPress setup on my WebSTAR server? Finally, while MAMP 2.x is for Intel machines only, will MAMP 1.9.6 run on a Mac G4 mini-tower running OS Tiger 10.4.11 PPC? Until I find an easy solution, I cannot upgrade WordPress and am stuck with running version 3.1.4, because my installation of PHP is too old for WordPress 3.2. The reason why I don't just update Tiger's version of PHP is because I don't use Tiger's built-in Apache server, PHP or mySQL to run my domains. I use the WebSTAR server suite instead, which makes upgrading PHP and mySQL more difficult. So, I am trying to find an easy way to migrate all of my web services over to Apache. I was hoping to use the Bitnami WordPress stack, but, as I said, I've run into a few unresolved complications, and I am not a Terminal person. Thanks in advance.
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ylluminate
13 July 2011
Version: 2.0
What´s new in MAMP PRO 2.0? (**From their blog; not on main site.) • Backup and restore of virtual host data and MySQL databases added • SSL support added • Opportunity to chose between more than 2 php versions added* • Most important functions now available via DockMenu • Application dock icon now indicates running servers • Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" compatible • Adaptation for MAMP 2.0. • Main Window can now be closed • Updated libraries • support for ZendOptimizer dropped *We will provide additional php versions for download on our website.
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Mactoe
15 September 2010
Version: 1.9.1
I have been running my own server on a mac for 7 years now and while I'd never use anything but a mac (for now anyway) Apple is a company in decline. It seems they can't do anything right anymore and leave out important details in their upgrades... like leaving out GD functions for True Type Fonts... or thoroughly altering their server structure. I even acquired a copy of OS X SERVER and HATED IT! MAMP to the rescue... I have been looking at MAMP for some time but finally decided to try the new Pro version and it simply does everything I'd hoped for. Creating virtual hosts is as easy as it gets and the entire suite works together perfectly. Even using SSL was fairly easy to implement... though I did use my own file structure to put all my certificates in one folder and appropriately changed the config file to point to them. I don't normally pay for anything I can do myself. Indeed, I could have used the free MAMP and adjusted the config files myself and installed my virtual hosts (32 of them!) by hand but the Pro version made this too easy. The time savings with MAMP made it a worthwhile investment so I PAID! This kind of work should be supported! If you are NOT trying to be an ISP and needing a local test server... or just a personal server... this provides all the functionality you'll need. A note about the mail server... MAMP Pro does NOT provide the needed interface to run a mail server nor does the developer claim so. I recommend using MailServer for that... which is what I use on a dedicated mail server. The MAMP postfix is there to allow PHP mail services to work.
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Maclover1-1
13 October 2009
Version: 1.8.3
Simplifies my life a great deal.
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Greg-Raven
08 September 2009
Version: 1.8.2
It's wonderful having a new version of MAMP Pro. I'd stopped using the old version because the developer seemed to have abandoned it, and between the built-in Apache server with Mac OS X and the new, easy-to-install MySQL, it was easier to roll my own local development server. But now I'm back with MAMP Pro, not only for the ease of use, but for the little extras that are difficult to do when rolling your own. As opposed to using the built-in server, MAMP Pro also allows you to keep most of your development server files outside of the /etc/ folder, which makes them easier to work with, back up, keep track of, etc. -- especially through the OS upgrade process. So far, I've come across only a couple of gotchas. First, even though there seems to be an httpd.conf file in the conf folder inside the MAMP directory, it's not the one that controls the behavior of MAMP Pro. For that, you have to go into your /Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/conf folder. Because MAMP Pro puts all the NameVirtualHost and VirtualHost info inside the httpd.conf file, you'll have to take a step back from doing it the new Apache way, but it's not that big a deal. I have just over a dozen virtual hosts on my machine, and I set them up in what seemed to be a few minutes. Second, MAMP Pro isn't really ready out of the box to run a local instance of Movable Type. WordPress is just about a no-brainer, but with MT, you can wander into blind alleys that seem to have no exit. I finally got mine to run by setting up my SQLite databases under the cgi-bin directory, rather than in the /db/sqlite section of MAMP Pro. Of course, even once you get it running, there are perl modules missing so MT throws error messages all over, but you can work through them ... at least to get your development instance working. About the only thing on my wish list is that it would be nice to be able to store the MAMP and MAMP Pro files someplace other than the /Applications directory, because that's not the way I have may files arranged. Bottom line: If you need a development server environment and don't feel like fighting with BitNami or xampp, or rolling your own, or making do with the lesser utility of a VirtualHostX-based system, MAMP Pro is just about the shortest way of getting there.
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JasonE
07 September 2009
Version: 1.8.1
Their contact form does not work (autoresponder with mail failure notice - address does not exist), and thus one is unable to ask questions of the developer. Something to be mindful of when purchasing software like this.
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Wreleven
04 September 2009
Version: 1.8
Actually a pretty cool package. It does use some odd directories to keep everything together and ensure that it doesn't disturb the apple/standard installed servers. Though I was happy to see Snow Leopard support, I was disappointed that none of the MAMP software is 64bit. The pro version is quite welcome and truly makes it easy to manage the apache server.
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Cocoanut
11 February 2009
Version: 1.7.2
I have not used this yet but the thought of a simple server environment setup for me to do development and testing is very appealing. I hope this works out, seems great!
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Aljuk
15 October 2007
Version: 1.7
Awesome. A brilliant development solution. Very flexible, virtual hosts, and the ability to serve up sites for clients to see and test straight from my laptop. Extremely impressed, straight 5 *****.
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Eric-Caldwell
01 March 2007
Version: 1.1
I have been running MAMP for a while and editing config files, hosts files, etc. since I develop web sites locally. This inexpensive tool made that SO much easier. Another benefit is that MAMP Pro actually moves your DB's to /Libarary/xxx making upgarding the MAMP core files (Apache, PHP, etc.) a breeze! If you put a value on your time, then this product is worth the money. MAMP Pro 1.1 and MAMP 1.5b1 work nicely together. The nice thing about MAMP 1.5b1 is that it now includes the Intel ZEND Optimizer which I had to code in the php.ini by hand before. No more...
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