Apache Friends started as a project concerned solely with
XAMPP. As we got our forum online the main focus of Apache
Friends changed to a more general aspect: not only to develop
XAMPP and support it but also give general support for Apache
and related technologies.
Now we would like to support more than just our own XAMPP
project. This page is the first attempt to loosen the strict
alliance of XAMPP and Apache Friends and open Apache Friends to
other projects than XAMPP.
This page is an early state and at the moment XAMPP is still our only project. But hopefully this will change soon.
Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.
At the moment there are four XAMPP versions:
This Mac OS X and Solaris versions of XAMPP are still in the first steps of development. Use at you own risk!
This forum is the right place for you if you've any questions
about XAMPP, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl etc.
- a version for Linux systems (tested for Ubuntu, SuSE, RedHat, Mandrake and Debian),
- a version for Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista,
- a beta version for Solaris SPARC (developed and tested under Solaris 8),
- and a beta version for Mac OS X.
One small word of warning: Nearly everything in our forum is German but
there's an "Apache Friends in English" section as well. Most German
people will understand you and will be more or less able to
answer in English. You're absolutely welcome to ask questions or
make suggestions! ;)
Thanks to the developers of phpBB for such a great software.
From time to time we're asking our users what we can do to improve XAMPP and make it more useful for everyone. In 2005 we did our first survey focusing the German users of XAMPP and in 2007 we did our second survey focusing the rest of the world.
The aim of the second survey was mainly to find out what we can improve in the upcoming XAMPP 2.0 release: Should we add Ruby or another database management system? Or should we include another programming language, for example Python? Or is there anything we can remove from XAMPP because nobody needs it anymore?