Run MAMP on port 80 without a password – the easy way

Posted July 31st, 2010 in Downloads, Mac OS X, MySQL, PHP by Damian

If you use MAMP for your local web development with Apache running on port 80 you will find that it shows a password prompt every time you run it. It’s annoying to say the least.

Fortunately there is a way around this. I’ve put together a small app that runs Apache & MySQL from MAMP without asking for a password each time. It’s quite secure because it uses a stored password locked in the Keychain. It also quits Apache & MySQL when you quit the app itself.

Here is how to use it:

  1. Open the Keychain Access app and click ‘+’ to add a new item.¬†Call the item ‘MAMP’ and enter the account name and password that you use to log in to your Mac.
  2. Download and launch the MAMP No Password app

Enjoy!

Release 1.1 updates (20th March 2013):

  • Added a dock icon menu to restart Apache and MySQL.
  • Changed the name of the app to MAMP No Password.
  • Added compatibility with OS X 10.7 and newer (thanks @robwierzbowski and Steve @¬†Tech Otaku)