What is XAMPP?

XAMPP, an acronym for Cross-Platform, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl, is a freely available and open-source web server solution compatible across various platforms. This widely adopted cross-platform web server, designed by Apache Friends, empowers developers to write and test their code on a local webserver. Its native source code can be modified or enhanced by the public, offering a high degree of flexibility. XAMPP includes essential components such as MariaDB, Apache HTTP Server, and interpreters for languages like PHP and Perl, among others. Thanks to its ease of deployment, developers can swiftly and effortlessly set up a WAMP or LAMP stack on their chosen operating system. Another advantage is the ability to load popular add-in applications like WordPress and Joomla quickly.

Pros of XAMPP:

  • Compared to other web servers like WAMP, XAMPP offers a straightforward setup process.
  • It is designed to be multi-cross-platform, ensuring compatibility with Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • You can initiate or halt the entire web server and database stack with a single command.
  • XAMPP offers both full-featured and standard versions to cater to different needs.
  • Its user-friendly control panel provides start and stop buttons for specific components, such as Apache, accessible through the Control Panel interface.
  • XAMPP comes bundled with OpenSSL, PHP, Perl,  MariaDB, Apache, phpMyAdmin, MediaWiki, Joomla, WordPress, and numerous supplementary modules.