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Developpers: Running Mambo into eclipse with no effort

Developpers: Running Mambo into eclipse with no effort


  • Eclipse is free, eclipse has a very good plugin for PHP development: PHPeclipse.
  • Eclipse is working nicely with CVS (concurent versionning system), this is a good way to version any data on your production site.(pictures, configuration files, even mysql database etc…)
  • Eclipse is working nicely with ANT, a kind of make, it can help for automating deployment of your site or automating some tasks
  • Debugging, css, html validation, a way to look and version your work.


  • Make sense if You’re a developer or really want to version Your internet page.
  • Heavy approach: need to start #Eclipse to "play" with Your Site locally
  • Need to install CVS under windows (a pain)

  1. Download eclipse from and install normally (it is a windows application): recommended e:\eclipse
  2. Download PHPeclipse from and install normally (it is a windows application)
  3. Install a Java Development Kit from recommended is jdk1.4.2_06
  4. Uncompress (download in in download section Mambo) on a windows drive E: recommended in E:/Mambo/ contains:
    A ready to use eclipse workspace.
    Apache 1.3.33, PHP 4.3.10, MySql 4.1.9 et phpMyAdmin 2.6.1.
  5. Copy my.ini into c:\windows\
  6. Open the batch file startEclipseMambo.bat and change the location of jdk and eclipse binary (change accordingly what is in bold)
    E:\eclipse\bin\r3.0\eclipse.exe -vm C:\j2sdk1.4.2_06\bin\javaw.exe -data "E:\Mambo" -showlocation
  7. Start eclipse by running the file startEclipseMambo.bat
  8. Copy Your data:
    You already have a Mambo siteYou do not have any Mambo site
    Copy Your entire internet page (everything under the root (/)) with FTP
    under E:/Mambo/httpdocs/
    Copy Mambo from and decompress zip file into
    Start MySQL and Apache (see point 10.)
    Point Your browser to http://localhost/installation/ and follow instruction
  9. If it is a fresh or a existing installation, in any case You must adapt the path in E:/Mambo/httpdocs/configuration.php
    $mosConfig_absolute_path = ‘E:/Mambo/httpdocs/’;
    $mosConfig_live_site = ‘http://localhost/’;

    $mosConfig_cachepath = ‘E:/Mambo/httpdocs/cache’;
  10. Start MySQL and Apache by clicking on each icon in eclipse
  11. If one of the component do no start correctly, verify the settings of PHPeclipse under the menu Windows – Preferences- PHPeclipse Web Development or look in the logs file (E:\Mambo\apache\logs\error.log)
  12. Point Your browser to
  • http://localhost/mysql/ for starting the phpmyadmin admin console
  • http://localhost/ for your site

Contact me or post coments if You need help. Soon install CVS under Windows or Linux Suse


About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.