XAMPP is an open source software that provides users with an out-of-the-box server experience. It is a complex, yet very easy-to-use AMPP (Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl) distribution that’s compatible with the Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
The best tool for those who want to install a fully functional web development environment
Installing an Apache web server and deploying a fully functional MySQL database is not quite an easy task these days, at least not for novice users who have no idea what a server or database is. Installing PHP and Perl programming languages, as well as any other web-based tool like phpMyAdmin is out of the question.
That's way applications like XAMPP exist, to make all the above tasks a breeze for inexperienced users. Above all this, XAMPP is completely free! It is backed by a talented community and Apache Friends, a non-profit project that tries to promote the Apache web server.
Installs a wide range of web technologies
Besides Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl, the program also installs open source applications and libraries like ProFTPD, phpMyAdmin, OpenSSL, GD, FreeType, libjpeg, libpng, gdbm, zlib, expat, Sablotron, libxml, libxslt, Ming, Webalizer, PDF class, ncurses, mod_perl, FreeTDS, gettext, IMAP C-Client, OpenLDAP (client), mhash library, mcrypt library, cURL, SQLite, phpSQLiteAdmin, libapreq, eAccelerator, FPDF, bzip2 (library), and PBXT.
Users will also be able to install their favorite web apps on top of any XAMPP installation, thanks to the Bitnami company and their all-in-one, native LAMP module installers. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, CMS Made Simple, MediaWiki, Moodle, DocuWiki, phpBB, ownCloud, ProcessWire, PrestaShop, Magento, SugarCRM, Zurmo, TestLink, and Osclass are only a few to mention.
Whether you’re a successful web developer or you just want to make an old and dusty computer your very own and personal web server, you can always use the XAMPP native installers on any of the supported operating systems. Both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures are supported at this time.