xampp for windows

XAMPP – Turn your PC into a development server

Installing XAMPP on your personal computer

XAMPP stands for “X (one of four OSs), Apache, MySQL, PHP, PERL” and is used to enable your personal computer with the web and database tools necessary to host its own dynamically driven websites for testing and development purposes. The following tutorial video demonstrations will show you the steps to set your computer up as a “localhost” server on Windows.

Installing XAMPP on Windows (Playlist)

This walks you through installing XAMPP on Windows, but PLEASE DOWNLOAD version 7.2.33 as of 8/28/2020.

Part 1 covers:

1) Downloading
2) IMPORTANT!!! – turning down UAC controls FIRST!!!
3) The XAMPP Control Panel Settings
4) The XAMPP Dashboard
5) Starting and Stopping services

Part 2 covers:

This PART 2 video walks you through installing XAMPP on Windows with the newest XAMPP version as of 5/9/2016. It covers the following:
1) Changing htdocs files so that you can get a directory listing
2) Explaining how localhost maps to
3) Explaining difference between localhost environment and WWW
4) Making shortcut to htdocs folder
5) Importantce of backing up XAMPP folder


For better quality, select 720p from the gear icon in the lower right video frame. For rapid initial loading, select 360p or lower from the gear icon in the lower right video frame. You can switch it to higher resolution shortly after several seconds of loading. To increase the speed of the video by dropping frames,  select “Speed” from the gear icon in the lower right video frame, and select 1.25, 1.5, or 2 from the options. To switch to a different video in the playlist, click the top left button with the three horizontal lines.