XAMPP Installation on Linux

What is XAMPP?

XAMPP (Cross-platform, Apache, MariaDB/MySQL, PHP & Perl) is a bundle consisting of Apache Web Server, MariaDB, PHP and Perl packages which is free and open-source stack developed by Apache Friends. In a LAMP installation we need to install every package individually whereas in a XAMPP installation, when need to install one single software package and it is much more easier than installing LAMP Stack.

Why should you use XAMPP ?

XAMPP is the complete application stack, if you want to create a website using popular CMS (Content Management System) application like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla on your local system and test themes, plugins and learn CMS development. Normally, we have seen that XAMPP is widely use in Windows OS, but same can be install on Linux as well. Most all distributions of Linux are supported including Debian, RedHat, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch, SUSE. Through this you can deploy, install and test the system before uploading in Live system. In this article, we are going to see the installation of XAMPP Stack on Linux.

1. Linux OS running instance
2. Internet to download package

Steps to install XAMPP on Linux

Step 1: Download the installation package.
Download the XAMPP package for Linux from the Official Apache Friends Website. Package will be saved on Downloads directory by default.
Save file on a disk

Step 2: Make package executable using below command.
Once package is downloaded. Open Terminal, or use ‘Ctrl, Alt+T’ keys to lunch command prompt. Go to the Downloads directory and execute command below to make a package executable.
$ sudo chmod +x xampp-linux-x64-7.4.6-0-installer.run

Step 3: Lunch the Setup
Graphical Installer will appear after executing command below.
$ sudo ./xampp-linux-x64-7.4.6-0-installer.run

Step 4: Setup wizard will lunch, click “Next” to continue.

Step 5: Installation Directory, by default XAMPP will install ‘/opt/lampp’ and click on “Next”.

Step 6: Below window gives option to install sponsored applications like Drupal, Joomla, WordPress. You can ignore it and tick off ‘Learn more about Bitnami for XAMPP’

Step 7: Installer is ready to begin XAMPP installation, click on ‘Next’ to begin installation.

Step 8: Installation started.

Step 9: Installation is complete.
Installation is complete, tick off “Lunch XAMPP” now and click “Next” button.

Note: Depending on your operating system, installation screen may vary from the screenshots shown above during installation.
Step 10: Start XAMPP manually.
There two ways to start XAMPP Server.
1. Go to the installation path ‘/opt/lampp’ and execute command below.
$ sudo ./manager-linux-x64.run

Go to manage servers tab and Click on “Start All” button.

Below screenshots shows the running stat of services.

2. Start XAMPP from terminal (command prompt). Go to the installation path ‘/opt/lampp’ and execute command below.
While starting, you may encounter below errror message.
$ cd /opt/lampp
$ sudo ./lampp start

In order to install ‘net-tools’ package to overcome above installation issue run the following command from command prompt and start the lampp again.
$ sudo apt install net-tools

Step 11: Verify Installation.
Once installation is done, open browser and enter following URL:

Accessing phpMyAdmin.

Step 12. Uninstall XAMPP
Going further, if you would like to uninstall XAMPP from your system. Follow below steps
1: Open Terminal and move to the directory where XAMPP is installed.
$ cd /opt/lampp
$ sudo ./lampp stop
Next step is to run the uninstall program with following command. Click ‘Yes‘ to remove XAMPP from your system.
$ sudo ./uninstall

2: Following message stats  that XAMPP application is uninstalled from your system.

Also manually remove installation directory, sub-directory and files.
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/lampp

Conclusion: In this tutorial, we have done installation of XAMPP on Linux. Big thanks for reading all the way to the end. Please share it with Your Friends & Help Someone… and also Like Our Facebook Page. Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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