Hi new to Wordpress development and i'm on a mac.

I'm just downloaded MAMP and is using the MAMP Pro trial to run the servers, I've not changed anything, just installed the software and running the servers. I went to http://localhost:8888/phpMyAdmin/ and created a database wpdemo

Then i've downloaded Wordpress and dropped it in the MAMP/htdocs folder, I can access the Wordpress installation using http://localhost:8888/wpdemo/ (I can't access the localhost:8888 though, it says 403 Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server.) I went through all the steps in the WP installation guide, and after trying to create a database of name wpdemo, i get this message:

Error establishing a database connection

This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down.

  • Welcome to the site. This doesn't seem to be a WordPress issue but a software issue on your Mac with MAMP. I would suggest going to SO or ask on apple.se.
    – user9447
    Dec 29, 2015 at 17:04
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    Installing WordPress Locally on Your Mac With MAMP: codex.wordpress.org/…
    – jgraup
    Dec 29, 2015 at 17:19

1 Answer 1


Try restarting the services.

If you still get the error of Error establishing a database connection, open wp-config.php and check if you have entered the proper database details (username, password, database name, host)

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