sf_tristanb sf_tristanb - 1 month ago 10x
Bash Question

How to override the path of PHP to use the MAMP path?

After screwing up entirely my PHP configuration on MAC trying to get the SOAP module working (-bash: /usr/bin/php: No such file or directory
....) I now have to use MAMP but each time I have to type the path

Applications/MAMP/bin/php5.3/bin/php to do command line.

How to just type php instead the entire path on MAC ? I double checked and i do not have a file named


PS: Here's what output echo $PATH :

echo $PATH


The fact that the previously accepted answer refers to php 5.3.6, while the current version of MAMP ships with 5.6.2 as the default (as of 2015-05-01), points out that this is not a very sustainable solution. You can make sure your path updates automatically by adding an extra line to your .bash_profile to get the latest version of PHP from /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/ and export it to your path. Here’s how I do it:

# Use MAMP version of PHP
PHP_VERSION=`ls /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/ | sort -n | tail -1`
export PATH=/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/${PHP_VERSION}/bin:$PATH

(Use source ~/.bash_profile after making your changes to make sure they take effect.)

As others have mentioned, you will likely also want to modify your shell to use MAMP’s mysql executable, which is located in /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin. However, I do not recommend exporting that folder, because there are a bunch of other executables there, like libtool, that you probably don’t want to be giving priority to over your system installed versions. This issue prevented me from installing a node package recently (libxmljs), as documented here.

My solution was to define and export mysql and mysqladmin as functions:

# Export MAMP MySQL executables as functions
# Makes them usable from within shell scripts (unlike an alias)
mysql() {
    /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql "$@"
mysqladmin() {
    /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysqladmin "$@"
export -f mysql
export -f mysqladmin

I used functions instead of aliases, because aliases don’t get passed to child processes, or at least not in the context of a shell script. The only downside I’ve found is that running which mysql and which mysqladmin will no longer return anything, which is a bummer. If you want to check which mysql is being used and make sure everything is copacetic, use mysql --version instead.

Note: @julianromera points out that zsh doesn’t support exporting functions, so in that case, you’re best off using an alias, like alias mysql='/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql'. Just be aware that your aliases might not be available from subshells (like when executing a shell script).