[how to] setting up php development environment in windows using xampp

Guide for downloading and configuring xampp in windows ,
intro :  xampp is open source software package include Apache MySQL PHP framework with lots of other tools ,
xampp pakage includes

  • Apache 
  • MySQL 
  • PHP 
  • phpMyAdmin 
  • FileZilla FTP Server 
  • Tomcat 

1 :  download xampp
first download xampp , you can download it from sourceforge.net or its own download page 

download page

Direct download link for xampp beta version
download 7 zip ( in case you downloaded 7zip version of xampp)

Download 7zip

  • install 7 zip 
  • right click on xampp-win32-1.8.0-beta2-VC9.7z
  • and choose 7zip extract here

extract xampp 7zip file with 7zip 
  • copy and paste extracted directory into local hard drive root folder ( C: )
  • done xampp installed
configuration part : 
  • start xampp control pannel
  • open browser and navigate to http://localhost
  • select your language 
  • and click on status from left side 
  • click on security tab

  • click on link highlighted in picture to secure your xampp installation 
  • set your mysql root password 
  • and xampp local password to avoid unauthorized access 

done ! 


setting up site folder 

    • go to c:xampp
    • open htcdocs folder
    • create new folder ‘myawesomesite’
    • and put all your development  files inside that
    • and browse http://localhost/myawesomesite

    • done !