Hi! If are you a web developer o simply want to try to program, surely needs some software in order to do your job. Specifically, a webserver like Apache, a  programming language like PHP and a database like MySQL. These programs mentioned have great popularity at the present time, even though there are other tools to use, MariaDB for example. Under those circumstances, we can install it one per one (please check our tutorial about install Apache on Windows 10). Or there is also the opportunity to use software packages that include all the mentioned programs. In this opportunity, we will talk about XAMPP. It is an independent free code platform server. It allows us to easily install Apache on our own computer, regardless of our operating system. XAMPP is an open-source package and free. It is a development tool that allows us to test the work on our own computer without having to access the internet. So, let´s see how to install Xampp on Windows 10.

Installing XAMMP on Windows 10

To start, we must go to XAMMP site in order to download the last package ( 7.3.7 / PHP 7.3.7).

Downloading the last version of XAMPP

Next, we have to run the executable file. If the User Account Control (UAC) has been activated, then a warning sign will appear. In this case, all we have to do is not to install the program into C:\Program File, or simply deactivate UAC.

A warning box indicates an issue with User Account Control (UAC).
A warning box indicates an issue with User Account Control (UAC).

Obviously, all of the conscious users have an antivirus program running in his PCs, but maybe it can slow down or interfere with the software´s installation. We recommend deactivating antivirus until setup finishes its work.

Antivirus can slow down or interfere with the installation of the software.
Antivirus can slow down or interfere with the installation of the software.

Now we are ready to start the installation

Setup is ready to install
Setup is ready to install

In the next window, we have to select all the components to install, it is very recommendable to choose it all. Please select Next to continue.

Selecting the components to install
Selecting the components to install

Select the destination folder to install. Regarding UAC issue, is highly recommend to install on C unit. Please select Next to continue.

Selecting the folder destination to install XAMPP
Selecting the folder destination to install XAMPP

The following screen provides information about the application installers for XAMPP created by Bitnami. Please select Next to continue.

Information about other installer powered by Bitnami
Information about other installer powered by Bitnami

Once prerequisites have been satisfied, setup finally will begin to unpack and install XAMPP.

Installing XAMPP on Windows 10
Installing XAMPP on system

During the installation, a Windows firewall notice will be displayed to authorize Apache to communicate on private or public networks. Mark private network and click Next to continue.

Setting communication through  windows firewall
Setting communication through windows firewall

Finally, the setup has completed the installation and we can start de Control Panel

The setup has finished installing XAMPP on the PC
The setup has finished installing XAMPP on the PC

XAMPP first running

Choose the software´s language.

Choose the software´s language.
Choose the software´s language.

The XAMPP icon will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. We double click on it to open the Control Panel.

By default, only the tomcat module will start, and the rest will remain stopped. In the panel, we need to press start to activate it and authorize the connection through the firewall.

XAMPP Control Panel with only Tomcat module running
Allow connection through windows firewall
Allow connection through windows firewall

Testing XAMPP on Windows Server

Once we have the Apache server running, we can test the XAMPP dashboard, typing localhost in the browser bar.

XAMPP Dashboard
XAMPP Dashboard

Finally, XAMPP has been successfully installed in the system. From now on if we want to start it, we just have to access the installation path, C: \ xampp and click on xampp-control. For convenience, we can create a shortcut to the desktop, and start it from there

Starting XAMPP by running panel
Starting XAMPP by running panel

Well, this has been everything for today, as we can see the installation process is very simple. So, you know how to install Xampp on Windows server. Enjoy it.

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