MAMP with imap ssl

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Unfortunately MAMP doesn't come with imap ssl support by default and GMail needs it when you are connecting through imap.

Just for the record, I'm posting this in the current version of MAMP, that is 2.1.1 and in the Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.1 version. I'm not sure if it works the same way on other versions, but you can leave a comment about it 🙂

You can check if your phpinfo has SSL Support enabled on the imap group.


So, how can we enable it and make it work?

First of all you'll need Xcode and Command Line Tools. Download and install them.

Then you'll need the MAMP Server components and libraries and the php source files, since the MAMP Server components and libraries doesn't bring the php 5.4.4 used on the options available (we are aiming for php 5.4.4!). You can download them on website.

Unzip it to the /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.4/include/php/ folder (create the folders if they don't exist).

If you don't have autoconf on your machine then you use the one supplied on the MAMP Server components and libraries. Start by unzipping the autoconf-2.68.tar.gz file and go to terminal on that folder and run:

make install

Now that we have all the files and binaries needed, let's build the imap-2007e lib files needed to compile the new module.

Start by unzipping the imap-2007e.tar.Z from the MAMP Server components and libraries and go to the terminal on that folder and run:

make osx EXTRACFLAGS="-arch i386 -arch x86_64 -g -Os -pipe -no-cpp-precomp"

This will create the c-client/*.h, c-client/*.c, c-client/c-client.a files needed in your local library. Let's copy them:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/include
sudo cp c-client/*.h /usr/local/include/
sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib
sudo cp c-client/*.c /usr/local/lib/
sudo cp c-client/c-client.a /usr/local/lib/libc-client.a

Building our

Now we are ready to start compiling the php module. Go to the /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.4/include/php/ folder created previously on the terminal and run:

cd ext/imap
./configure --with-imap=/usr/local/imap-2007 --with-kerberos --with-imap-ssl=/usr/

Now, if everything went as expected, you can copy the new to the MAMP library:

cp modules/ /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.4/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20100525/

After restarting your Apache on MAMP, confirm that you can see the SSL Support set as enabled in imap group on your phpinfo.

I think I didn't forget anything, but feel free to comment if I missed any step.