What is XAMPP server and how to Install it

Today I will discuss here what is XAMPP server and how you can install this software on your computer.

What is XAMPP

The question is very common and can be asked by any beginner web developer. XAMPP is a free and open-source platform which you can install in your computer. This will make your computer as a local server. So you will able to create websites using PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) and other CMS (Content Management System) like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, and Magento. After installation of the XAMPP server, you can also create, modify, delete, import or export the databases.

From where we can download XAMPP

To download the software you can visit Apache friends official Link here. When you open this page you can see that XAMPP is available for

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • OS X

Now according to your operating system, you can download the XAMPP. There are different versions for each operating system, you can download the latest one. Like below you can see I have downloaded the latest version for my windows operating system.

xampp version for windows

Once it has been downloaded you can find a file with XAMPP name and the file extension is exe. Open this file then you will find this warning

xampp uac warning

Just click OK then on next window

xampp server setup

click “Next” button then a new window will appear where you can see some components of the XAMPP server which are already checked.

xampp server components

No need to uncheck any one of them. Click Next, now you can select a folder where you want to install.

xampp installation folder

I recommend C drive but you can select even another drive if you want. Click the “Next” button then you can see something like this.

bitnami for xampp server

If you will not uncheck this option, then on next step a browser tab will open where you can learn more about Bitnami for XAMPP. But if you uncheck this option then you can find this window.

Click again on the “Next” Button, now you can find that XAMPP is installing in your computer.

xampp setup installing

Once this has been done you can see this.

xampp completing step

Now just make sure that the top option is checked which is asking to start the Control Panel. Then click on the “Finish” button. A new window will appear which will ask you about the language selection. There are two languages “English” and “German”. You can select one of them. After this XAMPP control panel will appear and here you can see five options which are.

XAMPP Control Panel Modules

  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • FileZilla
  • Mercury
  • Tomcat

Right now, in the beginning, we need only the first two options which are Apache and MySQL, so just click on the start buttons. After starting these two options you can see both modules will turn into the green color like this.

xampp control panel

Now when both are showing green color, it means that both are working properly and now you can open these two URL’s which are the main URL’s and these are

  • localhost
  • localhost/phpmyadmin

If you type localhost in the browser this will redirect into this link “localhost/dashboard” and if you type localhost/phpmyadmin in the browser, you can see databases section. From here you can control the databases. Thank you very much for reading my tutorial. I hope you have learnt now XAMPP server installation in the windows operating system.

Post Author: Yasir Butt


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