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Updating MAMP Pro 4 on Local Development Server
MAMP Pro recently released version 4. It has not been without issues – more on that later, but here is how to go about updating MAMP Pro.
The steps for updating MAMP Pro are similar to those found in the standard/free version of MAMP. An earlier tutorial on upgrading MAMP can be found here, but this time I am covering steps that address MAMP Pro. The steps for updating MAMP Pro differ because the location of the files you need to backup has changed.
- Opening MAMP Pro will alert you to a new version upgrade. Click the notice to visit mamp.info and download the latest version of MAMP.
- Go to your user Applications folder and rename the MAMP directory to MAMP_OLD or similar.
- Go to /Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO and copy the db folder to your dektop.
- Unzip the installer and double-click the .pkg file to start the install process then verify with your password.
- Once the installation completes, go to your MAMP_OLD folder and drag the htdocs folder into your new MAMP folder, replacing the one that was created on installation.
- Open Finder to the path in step 3 and replace the db folder with the one from your desktop.
- Launch MAMP and you will be greeted with a ‘what’s new’ screen. You will also have to enter your registration code for version 4. If you bought an upgrade key, you will need to enter the license key from version 3.
I mentioned that I have experienced a few issues. MAMP had to release several updates (4 within 2 weeks) because of a range of problems users were having. I have installed MAMP updates on El Capitan and Sierra macOS and had several problems with invalid hosts files. MAMP Pro was not recognising my localhost as a valid destination when I used my Sites directory. It only worked using the htdocs location and this has been a real pain. So too has been the process of several incremental updates and the need to wipe them from my system to get MAMP running properly. Adding the 2 license keys every time became pretty tedious too.
As a result of the recent issues with MAMP I have been looking elsewhere for a new option for local development work. If you are a WordPress theme designer or WordPress website designer, you might be excited by a fairly new solution for local hosting – Pressmatic. This is the easy way to install WordPress on your Mac and I hope to be posting more about it soon.