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Installing PHP and Laravel Environment

I recently got involved in a project that uses PHP and Laravel as a framework. I never used PHP before so this means starting from scratch by preparing my OSX environment for some QA and probably some minor development work.

I found a post that seems to cover the installation on OSX of the necessary components.

PHP 54 development on OSX with mysql and Laravel 4

During the installation I got an error with installing zlib.

curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 404 Not Found
Error: Failed to download resource "zlib"
Download failed:

This error was corrected folowing this solution

Laravel requires the PHP Mcrypt module. In an earlier attempt I had some trouble to get this working in my environment, but now in this setup using this command:

brew install php54-mcrypt

installed it correctly.