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How to Install XAMPP Server on Windows 10 | XAMPP Step by Step Setup

Want to install XAMPP and WordPress – aka. install WordPress locally? This is a great idea if you want a development site that can be used for testing or other purposes. XAMPP lets you run a website from your very own computer. And once you get it set up, you can spin up a new WordPress install with just a few clicks. But to actually install XAMPP and WordPress can be a little tricky, so you might need a helping hand. We’ve already talked about some of the benefits of a local WordPress testing site, so I won’t belabor that point. Instead, I’m going to assume you’re just here for the guide. Here’s exactly how to install WordPress locally with XAMPP. At the end of this, you’ll have your very own local WordPress testing environment running on Windows.
The first step on your way to install WordPress locally is to download and install the XAMPP software. You can download the Windows installer file from Apache Friends. It’s a big file, about 110 MB, so it might take a minute or so depending on your connection:
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Once the download finishes, run the file you downloaded to launch the XAMPP installer. If you’re running antivirus software, you might get a warning like this:
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Just click Yes to continue. Depending on your Windows configuration, you might also get a prompt about User Account Control (UAC). Just continue through that prompt as well. Once you get through all of the prompts, you should see the standard installer screen:
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Just click Next to continue. On the next screen, you can choose which components to install. To install XAMPP and WordPress, you do not need all of the components. In addition to the required components, all you need are:
  • MySQL
  • PHPMyAdmin
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Again, this is all that’s needed to install WordPress locally. Uncheck everything else and click Next. You can now select which folder to install XAMPP in. I always leave it as the default:
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On the next screen, you’ll get a prompt asking you to install Bitnami for XAMPP. You do not need this to install XAMPP and WordPress, so just uncheck the box:
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Once you click Next, you’re ready to run the install:
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The install process might take a few minutes:
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Once it finishes, you can launch the control panel to start working with XAMPP:
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