How do I install LiveCode Server on Linux with Apache?

The LiveCode Server product brings our english like language to the server environment. The server engine is a separate build of the LiveCode engine with specific syntax and functionality that makes it suitable for use in command-line contexts and, in particular, as a CGI processor.

This lesson will walk you through the steps required to install LiveCode Server on Linux with Apache.

This lessons assumes you have access to your system's Apache configuration files. If you do not, see the the lesson "How to install LiveCode Server with Apache via .htaccess?"


Before starting, read the lesson "How do I install LiveCode Server".

Apache is the most most popular web server package available today. Installing Apache will allow your machine to function as a web server, hosting websites and serving web pages. Most Linux distributions come with Apache installed by default. If not, you can either install it using the appropriate package manager for your system, download pre-built binaries for your system or build it from source.

For example, on Debian based distributions, you can install Apache using apt with the following command:

sudo apt-get install apache2

For more information on building Apache for your system, navigate to

You will need to ensure that your install of Apache has following three modules are enabled:

This lessons assumes you have access to your system's Apache configuration files. If you do not, see the the lesson "How to install LiveCode Server with Apache via .htaccess?"

32bit libraries are required for LiveCode server to run on a 64bit Linux distribution

These can be installed via the following (or similar) commands-

yum install glibc.i686 glibc-2.12-1.107.el6_4.2.i686

yum install libgcc.i686


Download LiveCode Server

Begin by downloading the LiveCode server zip file for Linux using the instructions detailed in the lesson "How do I install LiveCode Server?". Unzip the package into your desired location - for example in your home folder.

Access Apache configuration files

The location of your Apache configuration files will depend upon the setup of your system.  They are often located located in either in /etc/apache2/ or /etc/httpd/. There is usually on main httpd.conf file in this folder that includes several sub configuration files. For example, on Debain based systems, the site configuration is often included in a sub folder /sites-enabled/.

Set up LiveCode Server as a CGI engine

Next, you need to alter the Apache configuration file so that it associates .lc extensions with the LiveCode Server engine. To do this, open up the main Apache configuration file in a text editor. Your configuration file should contain an entry like the following:

DocumentRoot /var/www

This details the folder where Apache looks for its web pages. This folder will have a directory directive that by default will look something like the following:

<Directory /var/www/>

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews

AllowOverride None

Order allow,deny

allow from all

AddHandler livecode-script .lc

Action livecode-script /livecode-cgi/livecode-server


Update this directory directive to look like the following:

<Directory "/var/www/">

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews

AllowOverride None

Order allow,deny

allow from all

AddHandler livecode-script .lc

Action livecode-script /livecode-cgi/livecode-server


<Directory "<path to LiveCode Server folder>">

Options ExecCGI

Order allow,deny

Allow from all


ScriptAlias /livecode-cgi/livecode-server "<path to LiveCode Server folder>/livecode-server"

Here <path to LiveCode Server folder> is the full path to the folder you unzipped the LiveCode Server files into.

Restart Apache

Once you have updated your configuration file, you must restart Apache. You can do this by running the following command in the terminal (may vary, depending upon you Apache install):

sudo apache2ctl restart

Create and view a test page

Create and view a test page

You are now ready to test your installation. To do this, create a file named "" in your document root folder. Your document root folder is defined in your Apache configuration file and can be found using the interactions defined in the step "Set up LiveCode Server as a CGI engine".

To access the test script, navigate to http://localhost/ using your browser. The above image shows the expected output if "" contains the following script:



  <title>My LiveCode Server Test Page</title>



  <h1>My LiveCode Server Test Page</h1>


  put "<p>Hello World! from LiveCode Server</p>"

  put "<p>The date is" && the date & "</p>"




For more detailed information on installing LiveCode server, see the server release notes distributed with the server package.


NB Depending on your Linux install you may need to set ownership/permissions of livecode-server file


chown owner-user livecode-server



I have set everything up as per instructions above but when I navigate to in a browser I see the hmtl script instead of the livecode expected output. I didn't get any release notes when I downloaded the server software so I cannot refer back to it.

Does the result I'm getting have a known fix?

I'm thinking the changes I've made to the directives in httpd.conf file are not correct.

Hanson Schmidt-Cornelius

Hi Amanda,

when you say you see the html script instead, what does that mean? Are you seeing the LiveCode script source, rather than the output you would have expected, had the LiveCode script been executed? Are you seeing text that is HTML formatted? Or are you seeing something else?

Kind Regards,



Hi Hanson,

This is what I saw when navigating to

My LiveCode Server Test Page

My LiveCode Server Test Page
Hello World! from LiveCode Server"
put "The date is" && the date & ""

Cheers, Amanda

Hanson Schmidt-Cornelius

Hi Amanda,

from the information you have provided, it is hard to determine exactly what may not be working correctly.
Our first assumption is that there is something wrong with your httpd.conf file.
Have a look in there to see if all the configuration information appears to be set up properly.

Kind Regards,


Russell Martin

Sorry, reposting because everything I put in greater than, less than brackets became invisible. Maybe the mods can delete the previous version of my post?

I just did this on Ubuntu Server 14.04.

These directions do *NOT* work for this distro and its apache configuration files.

To install live code server on Ubuntu Server 14.04 (assuming you chose the LAMP server option on install), the process is more like this:

To enable the required mods:
(I'm using hyphens as bullet points, they aren't part of the commands.)
- sudo a2enmod cgi
- sudo a2enmod alias
- sudo a2enmod actions

To enable the 32 bit libraries:
- sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386

You wanna put the livecode-server binary in /usr/lib/cgi-bin, so start from whichever directory you downloaded the file to:
- sudo cp [Name of] /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
- cd /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
- (You'll probably have to install unzip, I did. "sudo apt-get install unzip")
- sudo unzip [Name of]
- sudo chmod a+x livecode-server (or, livecode-community-server)

You don’t wanna mess with the /etc/apache2/apache2.conf file at all. Just leave it alone.

You’re simply gonna make a few adjustments to /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

So to edit it:
(If you don’t know how to edit with vi, then use something easier, like pico instead of vi)
- sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

If you’ve unzipped the livecode-server (or livecode-community-server) in /usr/lib/cgi-bin then you only need to add 2 lines to 000-default.conf and to uncomment one line.

Right below where it says “DocumentRoot /var/www/html” add the following 2 lines (don’t include the hyphens):
- AddHandler livecode-script .lc
- Action livecode-script /cgi-bin/livecode-server
(Note: If you’re using community edition, you should put /cgi-bin/livecode-community-server -OR- in the /usr/lib/cgi-bin/ directory make a symlink as follows “sudo ln -s livecode-community-server livecode-server”, if you create this symlink, you can just refer to it as livecode-server)

Now, at the bottom of the file, uncommment (by deleting the #) this line:
Include conf-available/serve-cgi-bin.conf

Save the file and restart apache2:
- sudo service apache2 restart

Basically, the default configuration for apache2 in Ubuntu Server is all ready to go for cgi executables located in /usr/lib/cgi-bin. /etc/apache2/apache2.conf references a few other files that define a default virtual host in /var/www/html and so making the modifications to apache2.conf that this document recommends will get ignored or overridden by these other files. So, by placing the livecode-server file and externals in the expected place and then enabling cgi for the default host (and defining the handler and action), you’re good to go. Just place a file in /var/www/html and watch it run.

I hope this saves someone the hours of frustration that I went through before I got it to work.

Oh, and if you want to be able to execute scripts at the server command line without having to put the full path to livecode-server (or livecode-community-server) just make a symlink in your /usr/local/bin directory so that it can be found in your path:
- sudo ln -s /usr/lib/cgi-bin/livecode-server /usr/local/bin/livecode-server

Seth Morrow

@Russell Martin: Thank you, thank you , thank you.

john smith



The lesson should be upgraded to what Russel Martin describes, in apache2.4 there is no httpd.conf anymore

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