Installing XAMPP

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Install XAMPP on Windows

This tutorial demonstrates the installation of XAMPP. The installation is very straightforward

Download the XAMPP Installer from

Save the file to your Desktop, for easy access later.

Xampp icon.jpg

Double-click the xampp installer that you downloaded to your desktop, and select your preferred language (in my case, English).


I'm going to use the default installation folder: C:\xampp


Select the options to start Apache and MySQL as Windows Services. This way, they will always start when your computer boots--you won't have to worry about starting them manually.


Go ahead and install the software.

When the installation is nearly finished, you might be prompted with a warning like this from your Windows firewall:


If you want your XAMPP server to be accessible over your local network, tell Windows to unblock these ports now. Otherwise, keep them blocked. You'll want to be sure to setup your security settings later on in this article.

Here's what the XAMPP Control Panel should look like:


Since you've installed Apache and MySQL as services, you'll need to use the Windows Service Control Manager if you need to start and stop these services. You can launch the Service Control Manager using the SCM... button in the XAMPP control center, or from the Control Panel, or from Computer Management (Right-click My Computer and click manage).

That's it! If all goes well, XAMPP should be up and running. You can access your new webserver by pointing your web browser to http://localhost/ or https://localhost/ . Now, you'll need to go to the next section and set some passwords--that is, if you care at all that your information and computer are secure!

Note to Skype users: For some reason, Skype likes to take control of port 80 to communicate with its network. This is the same port that is used by the Apache webserver, so if you can't get your webserver running while the Skype software is running, this may be why. There is a simple way to configure Skype NOT to use port 80, described in this tutorial here.

Configure Security settings

Point your browser to http://localhost/ and select your preferred language (Again, English in my case). You will be taken to the XAMPP for Windows configuration screen. You will see an option on the left for Security. Click that link. This will open a new window with a summary of your security settings.


At the bottom of that page is the following link:


Clicking that link will take you to a page where you can set passwords on your new webserver.


Enter a password for the "root" account on your MySQL Database server. This is the password you will need to access phpMyAdmin, as well as the login password for FiForms Applications when the FiForms Framework is installed. Click the "Password Changing" button to set the password.

You can use the form at the bottom of the page to protect the XAMPP directory, as well.

I don't recommend running PHP in Safe mode, if you intend to install the FiForms Framework.

Your installation and configuration of XAMPP should be complete. Now you can proceed to install the FiForms Framework.

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