Is are there another database server software for PHP other than MySQL?

Does it run on Linux?

Does it work with Apache?

(No MySQL, can't get it working on ubuntu.)

  • 2
    Did you try installing apache with apt? try "sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.1"
    – hookenz
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 3:53

1 Answer 1


Yes. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of database servers available to you.

To be frank, if you haven't been successful in getting MySQL working on Ubuntu, you're either:

  1. Reading really bad documentation
  2. Reading good documentation but not understanding/executing properly
  3. Giving up too soon

MySQL should be trivial to get running on Ubuntu. Quite honestly, ~30 seconds to install (and that's if you have a very slow internet connection), and perhaps 30 minutes to go through the steps of creating your first database and creating a user that has privileges on that db.

Other popular database server options are:

  • PostgreSQL
  • Oracle
  • MongoDB
  • Cassandra
  • CouchDB
  • SQLite

None of these (perhaps with the exception of SQLite, which isn't widely-supported) will be any easier to get running than MySQL.

  • I get errors, and I don't know where to start on fixing it. If you could help, that would be nice :) Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 3:44
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    Perhaps it would be a good idea to completely re-work your question and include those errors then.
    – EEAA
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 3:46
  • How did you go about installing mysql initially? if needed, remove it and reinstall it through aptitude.
    – hookenz
    Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 3:54
  • Given how hard it is to not get MySQL server working I'm betting on option 2. Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 4:12

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