iPhone Web Server

I had an old iPhone 3GS lying around so figured I’d spend some of the weekend giving it a purpose: an iPhone Web Server :-o

After jailbreaking and putting on Cydia, I installed the following:

  • OpenSSH
  • Lighttpd 1.4.32
  • PHP 5.4.13
  • mySQL 5.1.68

You can install all of these straight from Cydia (make sure you use the newer version of PHP for production servers). There is, however, a helpful package from J.Anrugas which installs the last 3 using one script. Once again, make sure you use the newer versions.

After doing this I decided to give Drupal a whirl. To my surprise it installed and I got through the initial setup fine. However, as I added more data, the site slowed to a crawl. I guess that old 600MHz A8 can’t handle too much database querying :(

Next I wanted to try something lighter. There are plenty of good php forums around (vbulletin, phpbb, etc.), but these have too many bells and whistles. All I wanted was something simple, light… and no nonsense… like…

The NoNonsense Forum – What a great name!

Installation was quick and simple since there is no database creation required. Here is the site running directly from the phone:



Feel free to post, mess around, break etc. :p


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