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A good apache server like xampp or wampserver? are there others, right?

Asked by manuel_alarcon (299points) June 17th, 2009

I want to install a php server in my notebook, i use to install php5 from, plain simple install, but i’ve seen many people using softwares like xampp or wampserver; i’d like to know the pros and cons of the most commonly used servers.
In my old desktop pc with win98 i had iis5 and php4 running at the same time and even in the same host, never had any trouble with them; all happiness ended with XP, and i had to start stopping each one to run the other,... would it be a server wich can run both just like i had them in win98?

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picardo's avatar

I use Acquia stack for Drupal installations. It’s a pretty complete stack, but not as complete as XAMPP. Yet it’s easier to set up new projects with it because it has an easy set up and configuration wizard. You could set it up and use it only as a server.

noyesa's avatar

Another commonly used server, for Mac OS X, is MAMP, which is a distinct project from WAMP or XAMPP.

The pros to these stacks are a one click install for everything you need. For example, Mac OS X comes with PHP, however it lacks most of the facilities necessary to build a web application. Compiling and configuring PHP or MySQL on Mac OS X is a little more complicated than some web developers want to get for something as trivial as setting up a web server. Configuring path settings and Apache to use your new PHP installation is a little beyond many people, such as web designers, so MAMP, XAMPP, and WAMP instead sandbox everything they need in one location. While anyone who has set up a web server on Linux will know to look for configuration files in /etc, data files in /usr, and so on, neither Windows or Mac OS X (on the surface, anyway) use that filesystem hierarchy so it just doesn’t make sense to a lot of people.

Note that if your server stack doesn’t include a built in wizard or something of the like for configuring your virtual hosts, it might take a bit of fiddling with Apache configuration files (I loathed that when I started learning Apache) for you to get the same functionality out of it as you did with PWS/IIS.

@picardo I think Acquia equates to a very specialized framework for setting up Drupal sites quickly. While convenient, it’s not as generalized as a simple server stack. It’s more along the lines of a web framework—quick configuration, built-in web server—anything to get you staring at a freshly installed site ASAP.

Warpstone's avatar

It depends on how long and robust you want your WAMP to be. If you want a full-out production environment then I’d recommend XAMPP as it’s robust and upgradable.

For a quick and dirty server to demo or test out code on, I’d recommend the Bitnami WAMP stack. It’s a super easy install via an executable file that gives you a php environment without any config.

manuel_alarcon's avatar

guys, i’ve installed a server, 1 click install, and looks very simple… its called Appserver (, it installed everything separated, and just configured the whole bunch of mysql, php and apache. I liked the detalid that everything is by its own. I’ve never installed this kind of server… lets give it time and see how it goes.

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