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Quick and Easy Apache/PHP/MySQL on Windows

While working on a website for a customer came upon a connectivity issue while working on a laptop getting to the Linux server to test the code. I thought about installing Apache / MySQL / PHP all locally on the laptop and setup a testing server, when I stumbled on XAMPP.

XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start. The current version is 1.7.4 and contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System for Win32 and NetWare Systems v3.32, Ming, FileZilla FTP Server, mcrypt, eAccelerator, SQLite, and WEB-DAV + mod_auth_mysql.

Installation is pretty simple. Double click on xampp-win32-1.7.4-VC6-installer.exe to start the process. Click OK to select the Language (English). Click Next on the Welcome screen.

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Next is the location of where XAMPP root will be on the system. The default is c:\xampp which will work in most cases, but if you have a separate drive you can change the location. When you are satisfied click next to continue.

 

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This will bring up the XAMPP Options screen. The service section has the option to start Apache, MySQL and Filezilla as a service at startup time. For our purpose I have checked the boxes for Apache and MySQL to start. If you choose not to you can always use the XAMPP control panel to start / stop the services. Once you are satisfied click Install. The installation will take a few minutes to complete, just sit back and relax and click finish when you are prompted.

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You now have a running web server with a database to start working with on your system.

One Response to “Quick and Easy Apache/PHP/MySQL on Windows”

  1. rukaiyya j tamboli says:

    thanks for helping me to solve my prblm

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