RoSoftDownload Editor's Review :
Do you intend to build a quality site? You can do it using the best free products on the market: Apache, PHP and MySQL. We recommend using a program that encapsulates all of them. This program is XAMPP. This will provide you with a complete server on your local machine, without having to go through the not-so-easy configuring for working together of Apache, PHP and MySQL.
The application comes with an intuitive Control Panel, from which you can manage each Apache and MySQL individually. Just in case you might need it, XAMPP comes with FileZilla, a smart FTP server.
The overall impression is one of functioning stability and easy installation and configuration.
Reviewed by I. Petre
From Kai Oswald Seidler
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.
This version contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System for Win32 and NetWare Systems v3.32, Ming, JpGraph, FileZilla FTP Server, mcrypt, eAccelerator, SQLite, and WEB-DAV + mod_auth_mysql.
Easy installation and deinstallation
To install XAMPP you only need to download and extract XAMPP, that's all. There are no changes to the Windows registry (not true if you use the Windows installer version of XAMPP) and it's not necessary to edit any configuration files. It couldn't be easier!
To check that XAMPP is working some sample programs are included, there is a small CD collection program (written in PHP using MySQL) and a small guest book software (written in Perl) and several other demonstration utilities.
If you decide that XAMPP isn't needed any more just delete the XAMPP directory and it's completely removed from your system.
However if you use the Windows installer version of XAMPP it's recommended to use the uninstall feature. As every installer the installer will make registry entries to remember the install.
The philosophy behind XAMPP is to build an easy to install distribution for developers to get into the world of Apache. To make it convenient for developers XAMPP is configured with all features turned on.
The default configuration is not good from a securtiy point of view and it's not secure enough for a production environment - please don't use XAMPP in such environment.
Since LAMPP 0.9.5 you can make your XAMPP installation secure by calling »/opt/lampp/lampp security«.
XAMPP is a compilation of free software (comparable to a Linux distribution), it's free of charge and it's free to copy under the terms of the GNU General Public License. But it is only the compilation of XAMPP that is published under GPL. Please check every single license of the contained products to get an overview of what is, and what isn't, allowed.
In the case of commercial use please take a look at the product licenses (especially MySQL), from the XAMPP point of view commercial use is also free.
Vista Note: Because missing or insufficient write permissions in the c:program files folder of the default vista installation, we recommend to use alternate folders for XAMPP e.g. c:xampp or c:myfolderxampp.
An excellent software, both for beginners and experts. It saves you a lot of time, by automatically installing Apache, PHP and Mysql at once. If you wish, you can customize them later, using yje config files. The software provides a Control Panel, that comes in handy, especially if you work fast. It also offers a FTP server, Filezilla, just in case you may need it. The program is very stable, and you can create a home server relying on it.
Changelog for this release:
Updated PHP to 5.5.1 version