XAMPP for Linux

Welcome to the Linux version of XAMPP
(on x86-compatible processors)
By the way: In the past this software was called LAMPP but to avoid misconceptions we renamed it to »XAMPP for Linux«. So if you are seeking for LAMPP you’re on the right track. 😉

If you encounter any problems with XAMPP please feel free to get in touch with us. This will help us to improve XAMPP and make it more useful for everybody.

Jump-off point

 Pictures of XAMPP for Linux

Installation in 4 Steps

 Step 1: Download
 Step 2: Installation
 Step 3: Start
 Step 4: Test


 A matter of security (A MUST READ!)
 Advanced start and stop parameters
 What is where?
 Stopping XAMPP

* Pictures of XAMPP for Linux 

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here you can take a look at some screen shots of a XAMPP installation.

Installation in 4 Steps

* Step 1: Download

Simply click on one of the links below. It’s a good idea to get the latest version. 🙂 

A complete list of downloads (older versions) is available at  SourceForge.


A detailed overview over the changes and contents of all XAMPP releases is available in the  RELEASE NOTES.

XAMPP for Linux 1.7.7, 2011/9/20



 XAMPP Linux 1.7.7 77 MB Apache 2.2.21, MySQL 5.5.16, PHP 5.3.8 & PEAR + SQLite 2.8.17/3.6.16 + multibyte (mbstring) support, Perl 5.10.1, ProFTPD 1.3.3e, phpMyAdmin 3.4.5, OpenSSL 1.0.0c, GD 2.0.1, Freetype2 2.1.7, libjpeg 6b, libpng 1.2.12, gdbm 1.8.0, zlib 1.2.3, expat 1.2, Sablotron 1.0, libxml 2.7.6, Ming 0.4.2, Webalizer 2.21-02, pdf class 009e, ncurses 5.3, mod_perl 2.0.5, FreeTDS 0.63, gettext 0.17, IMAP C-Client 2007e, OpenLDAP (client) 2.3.11, mcrypt 2.5.7, mhash 0.8.18, eAccelerator, cURL 7.19.6, libxslt 1.1.26, libapreq 2.12, FPDF 1.6, XAMPP Control Panel 0.8, bzip 1.0.5, PBXT 1.0.09-rc, PBMS 0.5.08-alpha, ICU4C Library 4.2.1
MD5 checsum: 7af1942fb5df3e03dea34fa221b65b2a
 Upgrade 1.7.4 to 1.7.7 37 MB Upgrade package.  How to upgrade?
MD5 checksum: 19c0fe599fe1689f01ce873e63522380
 Development package 35 MB The development package contains all files you need if you want to compile other software packages for XAMPP by yourself and the Unix manual pages. Install this package like the normal XAMPP distribution:
tar xvfz xampp-linux-devel-1.7.7.tar.gz -C /opt
MD5 checksum: 594c61beac23868bd358bc0c31fbf1d7
Attention: If you download these files on a Windows system and you’re running McAfee virus scanner you may get a false positive virus warning. This is a problem with McAfee and gzip-compressed files, it should be ignored.

* Step 2: Installation

After downloading simply type in the following commands: 

  1. Go to a Linux shell and login as the system administrator root:su


  2. Extract the downloaded archive file to /opt:tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.7.tar.gz -C /opt

    Warning: Please use only this command to install XAMPP. DON’T use any Microsoft Windows tools to extract the archive, it won’t work.

    Warning 2: already installed XAMPP versions get overwritten by this command.


That’s all. XAMPP is now installed below the /opt/lampp directory.

* Step 3: Start

To start XAMPP simply call this command:/opt/lampp/lampp start

You should now see something like this on your screen:

Starting XAMPP 1.7.7...
LAMPP: Starting Apache...
LAMPP: Starting MySQL...
LAMPP started.

Ready. Apache and MySQL are running.

If you get any error messages please take a look at the  Linux FAQ.

* Step 4: Test

OK, that was easy but how can you check that everything really works? Just type in the following URL at your favourite web browser:http://localhost

Now you should see the start page of XAMPP containing some links to check the status of the installed software and some small programming examples.

The Instant Art example: A small PHP/GD program (since 0.9.6pre1 also a flashy PHP/Ming example, see screenshot). Thanks to  Anke Arnold for her font »AnkeCalligraph«.


* A matter of security (A MUST READ!)

As mentioned before, XAMPP is not meant for production use but only for developers in a development environment. The way XAMPP is configured is to be open as possible and allowing the 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:


  1. The MySQL administrator (root) has no password.
  2. The MySQL daemon is accessible via network.
  3. ProFTPD uses the password “lampp” for user “nobody”.
  4. PhpMyAdmin is accessible via network.
  5. Examples are accessible via network.
  6. MySQL and Apache running under the same user (nobody).

To fix most of the security weaknesses simply call the following command:

/opt/lampp/lampp security

It starts a small security check and makes your XAMPP installation quite secure. For example this protects the XAMPP demo pages by a username (‘lampp’) and password combination.



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