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How to install XAMPP server

What is XAMPP? #

XAMPP is free server software. It allows you to run programs that were built with coding languages designed to run on a server. Such as PHP.

Where to download XAMPP #

XAMPP ScreenshotYou can can download XAMPP for Windows, Linux or OS X from ApacheFriends.org. Download the package that is correct for your operating system.

Note: I will only be able to provide setup instructions for Widows and Linux. However, the installation process should be very similar for OS X. 

Installing XAMPP on Windows #

  1. Right click the downloaded file and install the program as an Administrator. Example XAMPP program file name: xampp-windows-x64-8.0.12-0-VS16-installer
  2. If you get a warning about UAC read it and then click okay. We will not install XAMPP in C:\Program Files
  3. Using the install wizard you only need to install the mandatory modules: Apache and PHP.
  4. Install XAMPP in the default directory given by the install wizard.
  5. Choose your language: English or Deutsch.
  6. Finish the install wizard and let XAMPP install. Upon completion ‘start the control panel now’ if give the option.
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