Installing XAMPP for Windows

I’ve been meaning to install XAMPP for Windows for a long time and today was the day.

I’ve installed Apache, PHP and Mysql separately before, but never XAMPP. I thought it was going to be a huge job, boy was I wrong.

The install took all of five minutes. This application installs the Apache webserver, PHP, Perl and Mysql. All at once. I haven’t tested the Perl yet, but PHP is working just fine. This post has been written in a copy of WordPress that I installed.

XAMPP Install

The XAMPP install goes like any Windows program, just make sure you download the installer (the zip file should have the word installer right in the filename.) Double click the .exe file, it will ask you where you want to install it, choose the default. My copy is installed on XP Pro.

Make sure you have easy access to the XAMPP Control Panel. This is important.

Once you have XAMPP installed, go to the XAMPP Control Panel.

Click Service.

Click Run XAMPP Control Panel as service.

Check at the very least Apache and Mysql. The other 2 are the Filezilla FTP server and a mail server. You really don’t need them.

Go to the browser of your choice and type in: http://localhost/ This will bring up some of the documentation.

That’s it. It’s so easy a caveman can do it! Seriously!

Any files you are going to use, or want to view in a browser, should go in the C:\xampp\htdocs folder. This can be changed, if you want to tackle the Apache configuration file: httpd.conf.