December 26, 2013

NEW UPDATE: Free Download XAMPP 1.8.3. Final Version for Windows

We've released the new version of XAMPP 1.8.2, including:

  • Apache 2.4.7
  • MySQL 5.5.34
  • PHP 5.4.22
  • phpMyAdmin 4.0.9
  • FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.41
  • Tomcat 7.0.42 (with mod_proxy_ajp as connector)
  • Strawberry Perl Portable
  • XAMPP Control Panel 3.2.1 (from hackattack142)
XAMPP 1.8.3
  • Apache 2.4.7
  • MySQL 5.6.14
  • PHP 5.5.6
  • phpMyAdmin 4.0.9
  • FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.41
  • Tomcat 7.0.42 (with mod_proxy_ajp as connector)
  • Strawberry Perl Portable
  • XAMPP Control Panel 3.2.1 (from hackattack142)


XAMPP for Windows exists in three different flavors:
Probably the most comfortable way to install XAMPP.
For purists: XAMPP as ordinary ZIP archive.
For purists with low bandwidth: XAMPP as 7zip archive.


XAMPP for Windows 1.8.3 PHP 5.5 04/12/2013



XAMPP Windows 1.8.3Apache 2.4.7, MySQL 5.6.14, PHP 5.5.6, phpMyAdmin 4.0.9, OpenSSL 1.0.1, XAMPP Control Panel 3.2.1, Webalizer 2.23-04, Mercury Mail Transport System v4.62, FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.41, Tomcat 7.0.42 (with mod_proxy_ajp as connector), Strawberry Perl Portable
For Vista, 7, 8, 2008 & 2012. Windows XP or 2003 not supported.
 Installer119 MBInstaller-Version
MD5 checksum: 374c1952b8c51e0d273b6190bf856ef1
 ZIP215 MBZIP-Version
MD5 checksum: 5cf06e7e5b115c659f44e35f0b4967f9
 7zip102 MB7zip-Version
MD5 checksum: e36d146eb7aabdd9363bd942a3700721

BitNami Add-ons : WordPress, Drupal, Joomla! and more

BitNami provides a free all-in-one tool to install Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress and many other popular open source apps on top of XAMPP.  Download BitNami XAMPP

* XAMPP Add-Ons

The following packages are extensions (add-ons) for the above XAMPP package. You don't need them for normal work.

XAMPP 1.8.3 installation

The Installation

* Method A: Installation with the Installer

Using the installer version is the easiest way to install XAMPP.
After the installation is complete, you will find XAMPP under Start | Programs | XAMPP. You can use the XAMPP Control Panel to start/stop all server and also install/uninstall services.
The XAMPP control panel for start/stop Apache, MySQL, FilaZilla & Mercury or install these server as services.

* Method B: "Installation" without the Installer

Unzip the zip archives into the folder of your choice. XAMPP is extracting to the subdirectory "[Ziel]\xampp" below the selected target directory. Now start the file"setup_xampp.bat", to adjust the XAMPP configuration to your system.
If you choose a root directory "C:\" as target, you must not start "setup_xampp.bat".
Like with the installer version, you can now use the "XAMPP Control Panel" for additional tasks.

* I want to start XAMPP without setup

If you extract XAMPP in a top level folder like "C:\" or "D:\", you can start most servers like Apache or MySQL directly without execution of the file "setup_xampp.bat".
Not using the setup script, or selecting relative paths in the setup script, is preferred if you are installing XAMPP on a usb drive. Because on each pc such a drive can have an other drive letter. You can switch from absolute to relative paths at any time with the setup script.

The Practice

* Start, stop, test the XAMPP servers

The universal control center is the "XAMPP Control Panel" (thanks It is started with:
As you know this from older XAMPP versions, you can also use some batchfiles to start/stop the servers:
Apache & MySQL start:
Apache & MySQL stop:
Nur Apache start:
Nur Apache stop:
Nur MySQL start:
Nur MySQL stop:
Mercury Mailserver start:
Mercury Mailserver stop:
FileZilla Server start:
FileZilla Server stop:


After starting of Apache (and MySQL), go to the address  http://localhost/ or in your browser and examine all of the XAMPP examples and tools.

* Installing a particular server as as service

Each server in XAMPP you can install also as Windows service:
Apache service install:
Apache service uninstall:
MySQL service install:
MySQL service uninstall:
FileZilla service (un)install:
No service installation available!

* The XAMPP upgrades

With a new XAMPP version, there is normally a upgrade package too. Additionally, we have sometimes small patches between the releases.
An upgrade is always problematically and there can be errors in the upgrade process. Because of this, you should always make a backup from your XAMPP folder before you upgrade it. werden.
We are trying to adjust your configuration files during the upgrade progress, if necessary. Especially if a new XAMPP have a lot of changes compared to the old one, we are providing no upgrade package for security reasons. Sorry.
As with the add-ons, install the upgrade directly into the XAMPP directory (e.g."C:\xampp"). And you must also start the setup script "setup_xampp.bat".

A matter of security (A MUST READ!)

* The XAMPP security console

As mentioned  at another place, XAMPP is not meant for production use but only for developers in a development environment. XAMPP is configured is to be as open as possible and to allow the web developer anything he/she wants. For development environments this is great but in a production environment it could be fatal.
Here a list of missing security in XAMPP:
  • The MySQL administrator (root) has no password.
  • The MySQL daemon is accessible via network.
  • phpMyAdmin is accessible via network.
  • The XAMPP demopage is accessible via network.
  • The default users of Mercury and FileZilla are known.
All points can be a huge security risk. Especially if XAMPP is accessible via network and people outside your LAN. It can also help to use a firewall or a (NAT-) router. In case of a router or firewall, your pc is normally not accessible via network. It is up to you to fix these problems. As a small help there is the "XAMPP Security console".
Please secure XAMPP before publishing anything online. A firewall or an external router are only sufficient for low levels of security. For slightly more security, you can run the "XAMPP Security console" and assign passwords.
If you want have your XAMPP accessible from the internet, you should go to the following URI which can fix some problems:
With the security console you can set a password for the MySQL user "root" and phpMyAdmin. You can also enable a authentication for the XAMPP demopages.
This web based tool does not fix any additional security issues! Especially the FileZilla FTP server and the Mercury mail server you must secure yourself. If you don't need these servers, don't start them. A server which is not started, is very secure!

The Uninstallation

* Method A: The Installer version

If you installed XAMPP using the installer version, please use the Uninstaller! The Uninstaller will delete all XAMPP entries from your registry and it will uninstall some installed services included with XAMPP. We highly recommend that you use the Uninstall program for removing XAMPP installations from the Installer version.
Please backup all the data you want to keep before uninstalling XAMPP.

* Method B: The ZIP & 7zip versions

Shut down all XAMPP servers and exit all panels. If you installed any services, uninstall and shut them down too. Now simply delete the entire folder where XAMPP is installed. There are no registry entries and no environment variables to clean up... just simply good, clean code!

Basic Questions

* Question 1: What is the "Lite" version of XAMPP?

XAMPP Lite (means "light" as in "light-weight") is a smaller bundle of XAMPP components, which is recommended for quick work using only PHP and MySQL. Some servers or tools such as Mercury Mail and FileZilla FTP are missing in the Lite version.

* Question 2: Where should I place my web content?

Problems? See also:
»FAQ - XAMPP for Windows«
The main directory for all WWW documents is\xampp\htdocs. If you put a file "test.html" in this directory, you can access it with the URI"http://localhost/test.html".
And "test.php"? Just use "http://localhost/test.php". A simple testscript can be:
    echo 'Hallo world';
A new subdirectory for your web? Just make a new directory (e.g. "new") inside the directory "\xampp\htdocs" (best without whitespaces and only ASCII), create a test file in this directory and access it with "http://localhost/new/test.php".

Further specifics:

Executable: \xampp\htdocs
Allowed endings: .html .htm
=> basic package
Executable: \xampp\htdocs
Allowed endings: .shtml
=> basic package
Executable: \xampp\htdocs and \xampp\cgi-bin
Allowed endings: .cgi
=> basic package
Executable: \xampp\htdocs and \xampp\cgi-bin
Allowed endings: .php
=> basic package
Executable: \xampp\htdocs and \xampp\cgi-bin
Allowed endings: .pl
=> basic package
Apache::ASP Perl:
Executable: \xampp\htdocs
Allowed endings: .asp
=> basic package
JSP Java:
Executable: \xampp\tomcat\webapps\java (e.g.)
Allowed endings: .jsp
=> Tomcat add-on
Servlets Java:
Executable: \xampp\tomcat\webapps\java (e.g.)
Allowed endings: .html (u.a)
=> Tomcat add-on

* Question 3: Can I move the XAMPP installation?

Yes, that's possible with XAMPP. After moving of the XAMPP directory, jou must execute"setup_xampp.bat". The paths in the configuration files will be adjusted with this step.
If you have installed any server as Windows service, you must first remove the Windows service, and after the moving you can install the service again.
The configuration files from your own scripts, like for the software phpBB, are not adjusted. This task is up to you. But it's possible to write a "plug-in" the installer. With such a plug-in, the installer can adjust such files too..

* Question 4: "automatic start pages" for the WWW directories?

The standard filename for the Apache function "DirectoryIndex" is "index.html" or "index.php". Every time you are just browsing to a folder (e.g."http://localhost/xampp/"), and Apache can find such a file, Apache is displaying this file instead of a directory listing.

* Question 5: Where can I change the configuration?

Almost all settings in XAMPP you can change with configuration files. Just open the file in a textedit and change the setting you want. Only FileZilla and Mercury should be configured with the application config tool.

A list of the configuration files you can find in the table  configuration files.

+Agung YuLy Diyantoro 

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