Open-source web servers are usually made up of three programs: Apache server, MySQL database, and PHP Scripting language. If you’re a Windows or Linux user, you’ll refer to these as WAMP or LAMP. Apache Friends has developed an extension of this acronym called XAMPP or Cross-platform, Apache, MariaDB(Mysql), PHP and Perl. It’s essentially a development server in a box. There are other competitive WAMP/LAMP packages but, XAMPP offers a complete package that’s also easy to install. This impressive stack offers other services and applications that’s worth checking out.
Full-scale development server
XAMPP gives you the essential parts of a web server, and then some.
XAMPP offers Mercury mail serve, Fileilla, FTP server, JSP server Tomcat and even Perl programming language. Talk about a one-stop shop, right? The server’s home page will direct you to its admin site. Here, you get an overview of server security and status. You will also get to launch log analysis programs like Webalize and phpMyAdmin. Definitely a hard-hitting piece of software, but can it run fast? Absolutely. The whole installation process takes five to ten.It just goes to show how seriously Apache Friends values your time and convenience. No configuration. No add-ons. Just a full-fledged server that runs quickly and effortlessly.
Gain Control with XAMPP Panel, Directory and Support
Hit the ground running with the XAMPP Control Panel. It’s straightforward and minimalist interfaces makes it easy-to-use. Here, you can interact with different modules, view PID numbers, edit configuration files, etc. Another way to locate files is the Directory. Simply input ./htdocs, or ./mysql to find a certain file or database. For configuration files, you will find them in .\apache\conf\httpd.conf, .\apache\bin\php.ini, or .\mysql\bin\my.cnf. If you’re just starting out, don’t worry. Apache Friends offers a superb community that always works on enhancing the program. They will even provide answers to any of your concerns or questions. In fact, you can learn from other developers in the XAMPP forum.
Convenient collision options
See XAMPP in action by logging into different ports. Typically, you can connect through a web server itself or VMWare. For Web Servers, head to the Tray Icon. Left click and do the following:
· Go to .\apache\conf -> httpd.conf for 'Listen 80'.
· Replace with 'Listen 8080' for example.
· Access http://localhost:8080/.
· As for VMWare, open XAMPP’s preferences to find Share VMs.
· The last option is to connect via Skype. You’ll immediately find the connections tab under advanced settings. Right away you’ll see ports you can connect
Where can you run this program?
XAMPP version 7.1.30 and older are available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux devices. See the specific requirements below:
· Windows 2008 or later.
· Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
· All distributions of Linux.
Is there a better alternative?
Looking for a more inclusive software stack? Check out AMPPS. It includes everything you need for website development, including access to Apache, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer. The main advantage of using AMPPS is your ability to back up your entire database or website. With one click, you save yourself the hassle of importing scripts and functions. It will even upgrade your installations for you. The installation process is as fast as XAMPP, but with the addition of free web applications like Joomla!, WordPress, Magento, Dolphin. Definitely, AMPPS is the go-to stack for more experienced developers.
Fast, flexible and free, XAMPP is the all-in-one tool for both new and experienced developers.
Should you download it?
Absolutely. XAMPP will make setting up a web server a breeze.