XAMPP helps you create and develop your own applications using Web server technologies.
Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. 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.
xampp is valid for 3 topics
1/ To develop PHP scripts on the computer before uploading to the site. OK.
2/ For kids (and grandmothers) to proudly tell their friends (and other grannies)"I have just created my first SQL database!".
Do not tell that "Grid edit, checkbox, Edit, Copy and Delete features are not available."
3/ Being back for a while in the good old DOS time.
MySQL does not work because of port problem. I gave up at that stage after analyzing the problem with DOS.
I have never seen something like that. I have been operating computers for 28 year and I am a hobbyist developer, not an App-Repairer.
There is no real Help, only a Forum, with 14720 topics (a fair number of scratched heads for a small app like xampp). A search for "MySQL port" return 722 topics (not bad either.).
Keep xampp for PHP. As for the rest of it better use MS Excel or learn the real MySQL.
Updated on Jan 29, 2015
Please, read the number of stars as 2, not 5.
Updated on Jan 30, 20151/ Eventually I have been able to change the port of MySQL. The Control Panel display looks OK (no red lines)..BUT there is still no way to use MySQL.
2/ Tried PHP Export. Result is an useless PHP file.
"Easy to install if there are no port contentions"
"Easy to install if there are no port contentions"
February 09, 2014
Version: XAMPP 1.8.3-2
Very easy to install One stop access to bundled programs Easy to use control panel
If you have programs contending for ports you will end up with a problem on hand which is difficult to unravel.
Here are some solutions: http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/02/one-way-to-handle-port-80-in-use-by.html http://hodentekhelp.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-installing-apache-on-windows-7-64bit.html http://hodentekhelp.blogspot.com/2014/02/do-you-want-to-change-ports-that-skype.html
Very easy to install on a clean machine but will take some work if there are conflicts.
After a successful installation I would be in a position to respond.
Apachee Not running on machine
Hi, I have been trrying to install XAMPP on my maching, but the apache is not running. I keep getting a busy error or sometimes a msg indicating that the port 80 is already in use. I need to use this server for my school project. Can anyone please guide me on this installation. I am literally ready to pull out my hair as I am way behind on my assignment.
Looks like it has nothing to do with the 64-bit. The system is trying to tell you that port 80 is already taken, probably by Skype if you use it. Try a different port, like 8080 or 800 or 880. The control panel allow you to change the port. Don't forget to designate this port when you configure Localhost (192.168.0.1:800). Good luck.
Easy install on multiple platforms. Great for "getting it to work".
Doesn't teach people how to properly configure and setup a web server. Default install is unacceptable for production environment, (Insecure) even though some people intend to use it that way.
Although it is a great product for people who only have a passing interest in being a website developer, maintainer, etc., XAMPP should not EVEN BE CONSIDERED by a person who intends to make a living doing web design.
Why? Because XAMPP allows people to remain ignorant of the many things that it takes to get a web server up and running, and to optimize it once it IS running.
XAMPP is perfect for people who "don't read the manual", because it provides a working environment without any need for the people to intervene.
A better knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes is an important step to becoming a good web application designer. If you don't know the difference between a MySQL persistent connection in PHP running as an Apache Module vs. PHP running under FastCGI, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS USING XAMPP.
The question might arise, "How hard is it, really, to install php, perl, apache, etc.?"
The answer? Not that bad. My first install was when I was 12, and it took me 2 hours, INCLUDING DOWNLOAD TIME. Since then, I can usually complete an installation in 20-30 minutes. While you may not find it that easy, here is my advice to you: READ THE MANUAL.
It's not like the people that develop these things TRY to make it hard on you!
On a side note, I ask "XAMPP for Linux?!!" Why would you need it when most of the things in XAMPP come preinstalled on the server distros, and can be added with a simple "pacman" or "apt get" command?
One last thing. The largest excuse I have heard for using XAMPP is "I only use it on my developer machine, and then I upload it to another web server." Bad news for you my friend! XAMPP is indeed a (casual) developers dream come true, but when you take that perfectly working web application of yours, and upload it to the web, all of a sudden, you realize that your developer machine has a different CONFIGURATION than your webserver, and worse than that, you don't even know how to access the configuration file, what to do when you do find it, and what those errors about "open_basedir" and "Can't find in include_path" even mean. I feel sorry for you, but not too much. I did my reading earlier, you get to do it later. Either way, you end up learning it.