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.
XAMPP 1.8.0 includes:
- Apache 2.4.2
- MySQL 5.5.25a
- PHP 5.4.4
- phpMyAdmin 3.5.2
- FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.41
- Tomcat 7.0.28 (with mod_proxy_ajp as connector)
- Strawberry Perl 18.104.22.168 Portable
- XAMPP Control Panel 3.0.12 (from hackattack142)
XAMPP is a compilation of free software (comparable to a Linux distribution), it's free of charge and it's free to copy under the terms of the GNU General Public License.