To tell what you have on your Mac (server or not) open terminal and type:

php -i

This will tell you the configuration of the php installed.  The imap php 
extension is not installed by Apple so you have a couple of choices as I said.

The one I use can be found at and installs itself:

It installs the latest php with the extensions bcmath bz2 calendar Core ctype 
curl date dom dtrace ereg exif fileinfo filter ftp gd gettext hash iconv imap 
intl json ldap libxml mbstring mcrypt memcache memcached mhash mongo mssql 
mysql mysqli mysqlnd OAuth odbc openssl pcntl pcre PDO pdo_dblib pdo_mysql 
pdo_pgsql pdo_sqlite pgsql Phar posix Reflection session shmop SimpleXML soap 
sockets solr SPL SQLite sqlite3 standard sysvmsg sysvsem sysvshm tidy tokenizer 
uploadprogress wddx xdebug xhprof xml xmlreader xmlrpc xmlwriter xsl zip zlib 
Xdebug. Available but disabled by default: apc, xslcache, twig

It enables itself in apache. If you need to run it as CLI use the following on 
the command line:


or setup you PATH variable.


PS make, configure are all unix/linux development tools.

On Jul 30, 2012, at 10:21 AM, JeffPGMT wrote:

> Tamara, I said dll, but that was only my ignorant/windows reference to a 
> system lib/bin file. I followed a blog post (bitly'ed below); I got as far 
> as un-tar'ing and "make" was not available.
> I have other stacks Xampp (beta for Mac not for production) and is used by 
> many folks w/out issue, however this is a production system, hence my 
> wonderment & frustration as to why IMAP was "removed" by Apple and not a dev 
> box for me to install 3rd party tools and have an issue with our IT.  I also 
> considered MAMP or FastStack, however that meant there are two installs of 
> both Apache & PHP. I did a test and put the preinstalled stuff on port 8080. 
> But, I thought, It's a server OS, why not use what came installed? And that 
> was one of my original questions alluding to perhaps IMAP was installed but 
> turned off at some not so obvious point just waiting to be restored.
> I originally sent the following as a PM to TR Shaw... The OS is 10.7 Lion 
> Server! (I'm really emphisising server, because when I presented my 
> situation to our IT and a call to Apple I was told that it was there!  By 
> the end of the call Apple said, sorry (after a nearly 20min hold, suppose he 
> asked someone more experienced) and my IT said, hey let's just try the new 
> 10.8 maybe that will fix it? I realized I was dealing with an very 
> experienced Mac IT person who really didn't know.
> I read the instructions on adding c-client 2007, but "make" is an invalid 
> cmd, apparently that's pulled by Apple too; is there a way to add php_IMAP 
> w/out?  I got as far as downloading & un-tar, but failed at make 
> osx...filename...
> TRShaw: What/Where/Why is the path /etc/intl ?
> I'm not familiar w/Mac, what are steps 3 & 4?
> And lastly I'm reluctant to install "XCode" or MacPorts because, I'm not IT 
> and this is not a dev box. I think that these are the responsibility of IT, 
> who manages the server desktops & network. I really just want to drop my 
> program in and run away :)
> JeffPGMT
> "TR Shaw" <> wrote in message 
> Actually, adding extensions (even normally bundled ones) to the stock Snow 
> Leopard PHP is quite easy:
> 1) Download the source tarball of php and unpack it
> 2) cd into ext/name_of_the_extension (like ext/intl in your case)
> 3) run phpize
> 4) run ./configure with appropriate flags
> 5) make install
> Then you just enable the freshly built .so file in your php.ini and you are 
> done.
> On Jul 28, 2012, at 12:25 AM, Tamara Temple wrote:
>> JeffPGMT <> wrote:
>>> Please correct me if I'm wrong and IMAP is available (maybe a known 
>>> config
>>> issue?)
>>> Mac OSX 10.7, Using the pre-installed Apache & Php, IMAP is not 
>>> installed,
>>> pulled out my Apple for this server OS.
>> I don't know if it is, but something below seems very odd to me:
>>> $ php -v
>>> PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library
>>> '/usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/php_imap.dll' -
>>> dlopen(/usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/php_imap.dll, 
>>> 9):
>>> image not found in Unknown on line 0
>> I might be wrong here on 10.7, as I haven't even migrated off 10.5, but,
>> I've never seen a .dll file on a mac -- they're windows dynamic link
>> libraries. I think somehow things are little messed up there...
>> Someone has suggested installing MAMP, which is a much better solution
>> in general that what Apple supplies. The issue is knowing which you're
>> running at any point in time, which for most things, MAMP will handle
>> correctly. But it may not be the case for command line execution as
>> you've shown above.
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