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XAMPP: Easy Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl Install and Config For Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and Solaris

To run various open source applications you might have to install Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl (or some combination of these). For those who have difficulties installing and configuring these separately, XAMPP might be helpful.

XAMPP is Apache distribution that contains MySQL, PHP and Perl. You really don’t need to worry about configuring MySQL, PHP, or Perl for Apache. Just install XAMPP, and everything is already pre-built and ready to go. It is that easy!

Also, XAMPP is available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and Solaris.

1. Download XAMPP

Download XAMPP from xampp in sourceforge.

2. Install XAMPP

Extract the tar file under /opt directory.

# cd /opt
# tar xvzf xampp-linux-1.7.3a.tar.gz

Note: For those who prefer to install the individual components separately, you can also install Apache from source, MySQL, PHP from source, or install LAMP using yum.

3. Start or stop XAMPP

Start xampp. It starts all the xampp services.

# /opt/lampp/lampp start

Stop xampp. It stops all the xampp services.

# /opt/lampp/lampp stop

4. Start particular XAMPP service

Start a particular service by specifying the name of the service along with start. For example, following starts only Apache (along with PHP).

# /opt/lampp/lampp startapache
XAMPP: Starting Apache with SSL (and PHP5)...

Note: Use startmysql in the argument to start only mysql

5. Stop particular service

Similar to start, you can also stop a particular server. For example, following stops only MySQL.

# /opt/lampp/lampp stopmysql
XAMPP: Stopping MySQL...

6. XAMPP Configuration file

Configuration files are available under /opt/lampp/etc/. Some of the xampp config files are httpd.conf, my.cnf, php.ini.

7. XAMPP uninstallation

Remove the /opt/lampp directory to uninstall xampp.

# rm -rf /opt/lampp
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  • dpminusa January 12, 2011, 6:35 am

    How sensitive is XAMPP to different distros? I use Gentoo. They stress using their emerge system (similar to CPAN or PEAR if you are not familiar with it). They discourage other installations.

  • j January 12, 2011, 6:46 am

    cool. nice tip, thx

  • Lunamystry January 12, 2011, 7:18 am

    how does this compare to uniform server? I a beginner in servers and development of web apps and I would like something like this.

  • Ted January 12, 2011, 9:25 am

    This is an excellent post. I have used XAMPP on both linux and Windows and it works flawlessly. This stack is wonderful starting place for anyone who wants to
    learn about MySQL or Apache or PHP.

    You should make to follow the security advisory as right out of the box this is a totally open system.

    Highly recommended!

  • Simon January 12, 2011, 9:32 pm

    This is a great package and works well, straight out of the box. I’ve been using it for over 5 years now, particularly when needing to do development work on Windows machines

    Another alternative on Ubuntu Linux (don’t know about other distro’s) is to run tasksel.
    > ‘sudo tasksel install lamp-server’
    This will install the whole Apache/MySQL/PHP without a hitch, combine that with
    > ‘sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin’
    For a MySQL admin interface and you’ve got a winner.

  • Martin Gee January 20, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Xampp haven’t been updated for ages and all the stuff is way old. If you’re a windows user there are so many good reasons for using UniformServer, http://www.uniformserver.com/, instead including new versions of Apache server (2.2.17 vs 2.2.16), PHP (5.3.5 vs 5.3.1), MySQL (5.5.8 vs 5.1.41) and myPhpAdmin (3.3.9 vs 3.2.4). And people are working on this project!

  • senthil February 28, 2011, 8:40 pm


    I was try lot of script (in ubuntu) to start xampp service while booting the system. But it doesn’t work…. Any idea……