How to install PHP-IMAP extension in Mac

I’ve finally found the solution. Most of it was here:http://www.september28.co.uk/blog/2011/11/24/php-imap-support-in-mac-os-x-lion-without-recompiling-php/

My machine is a late 2011 Macbook Pro with MacOSX 10.7.4, PHP 5.4. installed via these instructions: http://www.hirmet.com/mac-os-x-lion-upgrade-to-php-5-4

Here’s a step-by-step for those with a similar or identical setup:

Download the imap source from this url, focus on the one with the most recent date which doesn’t end in “Z”: ftp://ftp.cac.washington.edu/imap/

Unarchive, go into folder, run the following commands:

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

The above command will throw a bunch of warnings at you, but should complete sucessfully, unlike the command originally suggested in the september28 blog post.

Next, do the following:

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

Once this is done, go into the downloaded php source folder if you made a custom upgrade like I did (as per the second link in the answer) and build the imap.so extension for your system. If you didn’t build a custom version, just download the PHP source for the version you have installed, and use that, it doesn’t matter.

$ cd ~/Downloads/Php-5.4.4/ext/imap
$ phpize
$ ./configure --with-imap==/usr/local/imap-2007 --with-kerberos --with-imap-ssl
$ make

Once done, do the following:

$ sudo cp modules/imap.so /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20100525/

…or if your PHP extension folder is different, put that (you can see the location in phpinfo(); )

Restart apache and you should be ready to go.

$ sudo apachectl restart
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How to install brew in Mac

What is brew?

Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t. (source)

How to install

Open your terminal (You can use Spotlight Search, press command + space bar and type terminal then press enter).

Add the following code:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

And Finally press enter, the last code will install brew in your terminal just follow the steps.

To test the installation type the following:

brew info

You will get something like:

4 kegs, 14148 files, 1.1G