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Install and Configure XAMPP Software on Windows Server 2019

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XAMPP is a cross-platform web server used to develop and test programs and web applications, created by the Apache friends organization.  It is open-source software, so its code can be modified or revised by the audience.

The XAMPP is supported by various platforms like Windows, Linux, and macOS.

In the XAMPP abbreviation,

  • X stands for cross
  • A stands for Apache
  • M stands for MariaDB
  • PP stands for Perl and PHP

The components and software of XAMPP:

  • Apache. Apache is a popular HTTP web server that hosts various websites and web applications.
  • MariaDB. MariaDB is RDBMS used to store, manage, manipulate, and view the data. Initially, MySQL was part of the XAMPP software. Later, MySQL was replaced by MariaDB.
  • PHP. PHP is a scripting language that is used to develop dynamic websites and web applications.
  • Perl. It is a combination of dynamic languages Perl 5 and Perl 6.
  • XAMPP Control Panel. The XAMPP control panel is a central console used to manage all components and software of XAMPP.
  • PhpMyAdmin. It is a web portal that is used to administrate the MariaDB database server. We can create a database, execute a query on it, and monitor the performance of the database server.
  • Open SSL. It is an open-source implementation of SSL. (Secure Socket Layer)
  • Tomcat. It’s a servlet that provides JAVA functionalities.
  • Mercury. It is a mail server for sending emails.
  • Webalizer. It is a web analytics software that provides details of usage and User logs.

In this article, we are going to examine the step-by-step installation and configuration processes of the XAMPP software on Windows Server 2019.

XAMPP Installation Process

The first thing to do is to download XAMPP from the official Apache Friends website. Once the setup file is downloaded, execute it, and the installation wizard opens. In the welcome screen, click Next.

xampp installation process

You can choose the components you want to install on the Select Components screen. We are installing all components. Select them all and click Next.

select components when installing xampp

On the Installation folder screen, specify the directory where you want to install XAMPP. We are accepting the default location, so do not change the directory. Click Next.

xampp installation folder

On the Language screen, choose the language to use in the XAMPP control panel. The default language is English. Click Next.

choose language when installing xampp

On the Ready to Install screen, click Next.

xampp is ready to install

The installation process begins.

xampp installation process begins

Once the XAMPP installation completes, click Finish to close the wizard. Now XAMPP has been installed successfully.

completing the xampp setup wizard

Once the installation completes, the XAMPP control panel opens:

XAMPP control panel

Let us understand how we can configure the components of it.

XAMPP Control Panel

XAMPP has a central console to configure the various components. We can perform the following tasks using it:

  • Start and stop the services of Apache, FileZilla, MySQL/MariaDB, Mercury, and Tomcat.
  • Access the Admin page of Apache, FileZilla, MySQL/MariaDB, Mercury, and Tomcat.
  • Change the configuration parameters.
  • Access the error logs.

Along with that, we can perform tasks using the following buttons:

  1. Config
  2. Netstat
  3. Shell
  4. Explorer
  5. Services
  6. Help
  7. Quit
XAMPP control panel

Config. The button opens the dialog window with options to configure all or individual components of XAMPP.

Configuration of xampp control panel

Netstat. It shows all processes that are running on the computer.

netstat - TCP Listening sockets

Shell. It opens a UNIX Shell.

xampp for windows

Explorer. It opens the directory where the XAMPP is installed.

directory where the XAMPP is installed

Services. It opens the Windows Services (services. msc)

windows services

Help. It opens the dialog box with links to various blogs and forums.

dialogue blogs with links to blogs and forums

Quit. Close the XAMPP control panel.

Administrate the Modules of XAMPP

There are few buttons in the control panel that will help us manage various XAMPP modules. The list of buttons and the details of actions are following.

Start Button

The Start button is used to start the modules and their services. When the module starts successfully, the background color of the Module name changes, and an assigned Process ID and Port are displayed under PID(s) and port(s) column.

XAMPP ports and process IDs

Admin Buttons

The Admin buttons open various tools used to manage the XAMPP modules. The tools are following:

Apache Module. It opens a sample webpage that contains links to view the version of PHP and PhpMyAdmin. 

XAMPP admin button

MySQL/Maria DB. It opens the PhpMyAdmin web console.

PhP MyAdmin web console

FileZilla.  When we click on the Admin button of the FileZilla, it opens another dialog box, where you must specify the connection parameters.

Connect to server

Once the connection establishes successfully, the FileZilla admin console opens.

FileZilla Server

Mercury. The admin buttons open a console that is used to manage the SMTP server. You can read this article about mail for Windows to learn more about it.

Mercury Server

Tomcat. To run the Tomcat services, we must install JDK or JRE on the computer. When we click on the admin button, it opens a web-based console to manage the Tomcat application.

Apache Tomcat Servr

Config Buttons

We can edit the configuration files of XAMPP modules. Following is the list of configuration files of each module:

Module NameConfiguration file name
ApacheApache (httpd.conf)Apache (httpd-ssl.conf)Apache (httpd-xampp.conf)PHP (php.ini)phpMyAdmin(config.inc.php)
MySQL/MariaDBMy.ini
FileZillaFileZilla.Server.xml
MercuryMercury.ini
Tomcatserver.xmltomcat-users.xmlweb.xmlcontext.xml

When we click on the Config button, it opens another pane with the option to open the configuration file of the XAMPP modules.

Logs Button

It opens log files containing details of various events, warnings, and errors. Each module of XAMPP has its own set of log files.

Module NameLog filename
ApacheApache (access.log)Apache (error.log)PHP (php_error_log)
MySQL/MariaDBMysql_error.log
FileZillaYou can view the logs from the FileZilla admin console.
MercuryThe default location of the Mercury cannot be accessed from the control panel. We must browse the error log in the file system.
TomcatThe default location of the Tomcat cannot be accessed from the control panel. We must browse the error log in the file system.

Summary

Thus, we have learned about the Apache XAMPP software stack and its various components and modules. The article also covers the step-by-step installation process of the Apache XAMPP software on Windows Server 2019 and explains the XAMPP control panel.

Hope that this information will be helpful for your workflow. And if you have any remarks or would like to share some personal tips on the topic, you are welcome – the Comments section is at your service.

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