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XAMPP is a free and open source cross-platform web server package, consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MariaDB database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages. Versions are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Crystal important.pngCAUTION: XAMPP is not meant for production use, the default configuration is to be as open as possible and allowing the developer anything he/she wants.Crystal important.png

Installation on Windows

XAMPP can be installed as a portable application, meaning it can be run from a USB stick. This makes it simple to get the needed application running on your local computer.

  1. Unpack the downloaded file to the root of the indended installtion disk.
  2. Copy the content of the TNG installation folder to the XAMPP\htdocs folder.
  3. Start the necessary services with the xampp_start.exe application from the XAMPP folder.
  4. Create the MariaDB database by pointing your browser to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/server_databases.php
  5. Complete the TNG install by pointing your browser to http://localhost/readme.html. See Installing TNG
    1. Use the Database Name created with phpmyadmin.
    2. The default Database Username is root, without password


The use of a local installed version of TNG could be used as a staging service for a public site. It is recommeded to use versions of your locally installed software which matches the versions of your hosting service. The individual versions included in XAMPP can be viewed at the Apachefriends blog.

TNG User Related feedback

  • Currently I am using xampp on my Vista desktop so that I can edit and view PHP files with Dreamweaver. So I know xampp works well with Vista. Xamp recommends that you don't install it in the program directory but off the root directory due to permissions issues with the program directory under Vista.(Steve Overton on the User List)
  • Per Stephen Rowe on the User2 list and direct emails to me, XAMPP 1.7.4 and other versions do NOT work on Windows 64-bit environments. So you may want to use WampServer --Ken Roy 14:03, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I have been successfully using xampp version 5.6.8 on a Windows 10 64-bit Intel system which has 8gb memory for over a year, without any issues. -- Paul Tanner-Tremaine 28 Dec 2016
  • I have been successfully using a new XAMPP version ( 7.1.6 ) on a Windows10 (1709) 64-bit Intel system which has 8gb memory, without any issues. -- User:r-haas Tanner- 05 Dec 2017

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