For this post I’m assuming you already have Tiny Core Linux up and running and persistence (Tiny Core’s ability to save changes) is working. I’m also assuming that your installation of Tiny Core Linux has an adequately sized hard drive.

Setup MySQL

Use these instructions, or whatever method you prefer, to get MariaDB (A “drop-in” MySQL replacement) working in your Tiny Core installation. Note: I may use the names MySQL and MariaDB interchangeably in these instructions.

I’m assuming you’ve followed some process and have MariaDB up and running.

Connect to MySQL as root.

mysql -u root

Create a database for WordPress. Feel free to use a different database name than wordpress_db_01.

CREATE DATABASE wordpress_db_01;

Create a database user with the appropriate access for wordpress_db_01.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress_db_01.* TO "wordpress_user_01"@"localhost" IDENTIFIED BY "password";

The important elements from that command above are that our WordPress database user name is wordpress_user_01, and the password for that user is password. Feel free to use different values.

Enforce the changes we just made, and then exit the mysql client.


Setup Apache

Install the Apache extension that includes PHP.

tce-load -wi apache2-mod-php5

By default, the Apache web server files are located in /usr/local/apache2/htdocs. Without some additional work, any changes made to that directory will be blown away when you reboot your Tiny Core Linux machine. That is the nature of Tiny Core Linux extensions.

To get around this, I do something a bit unorthodox and keep my web server files on a persistent mount point, /opt. I then symlink to those files from /usr/local/apache2/htdocs. I use a boot script to re-create that symlink each reboot. This is not standard practice, but it will work. Read the Tiny Core docs if you would rather implement this another way.

Edit /opt/ and add the following so that our custom Apache configuration will be re-created each reboot.

# Apache
rm -rf /usr/local/apache2/htdocs
ln -s /opt/apache2/htdocs /usr/local/apache2/htdocs
ln -sf /opt/apache2/httpd.conf /usr/local/apache2/conf/
apachectl start

Save those changes to

Create an htdocs directory for our web server files.

mkdir -p /opt/apache2/htdocs

Make a copy of the httpd.conf file.

sudo cp /usr/local/apache2/conf/httpd.conf /opt/apache2/

Edit /opt/apache2/httpd.conf. Uncomment and modify the ServerName line to look like this.


Create an .htaccess file in /opt/apache2/htdocs/ with the following line.

DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

Edit /opt/apache2/httpd.conf. Find the config directive for <Directory "/usr/local/apache2/htdocs">.

Change the AllowOverride line from None to All.

<Directory "/usr/local/apache2/htdocs">

    # A few lines down you'll find AllowOverride

    AllowOverride All

OK, now we should have our web server directory root at /opt/apache2/htdocs. We also have a custom Apache config file at /opt/apache2/httpd.conf.

This means we should be able to make changes to our web server directory and those changes will persist every time we reboot. Apache should be all set.

Reboot and verify Apache is running on your Tiny Core linux box.

sudo reboot

If Apache is not running, then go back and figure out what went wrong. Make sure your config modifications and symlinks are correct.

Install WordPress

Install curl.

tce-load -wi curl

Download WordPress and unzip it.

curl -o /tmp/
unzip /tmp/ -d /tmp/
mv /tmp/wordpress/* /opt/apache2/htdocs/


Navigate to your web server using a browser and start installing WordPress.

I’ll leave it to you to to follow the wizard and get WordPress up and running (remember the username, password, and database name we setup earlier in MySQL!).