What is XAMPP / WAMP / MAMP /LAMP? Download Free Software


XAMPP stands for Cross-Platform (X), Apache (A), MySQL (M), PHP (P) and Perl (P). XAMPP is a free and open source cross-platform web server solution stack package developed by Apache Friends,consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP ServerMySQL database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages.

It is a simple, lightweight Apache distribution that makes it extremely easy for developers to create a local web server for testing and deployment purposes. Everything needed to set up a web server – server application (Apache), database (MySQL), and scripting language (PHP) – is included in an extract able file.

XAMPP is also cross-platform, which means it works equally well on Linux, Mac and Windows. Since most actual web server deployments use the same components as XAMPP, it makes transitioning from a local test server to a live server extremely easy as well.

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WAMP is acronym for software stack named Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl. In this combination the first three are constant ones and for the fourth one it varies among PHP, Python and Perl. There may be a few occasions in which Python and Perl can be used together. The reason behind the popularity of WAMP is because it provides four important elements Operating System, Database Web Server and scripting application which are required for a web hosting server. When all these four elements are used as combined then such a usage is called as ‘Server Stack’. WAMP is quite a well known term among Website Hosting Services industry.

WAMP it is totally related with Windows Web Hosting Servers and has nothing to do with Linux Hosting Servers. For Linux Hosting users there is ‘LAMP’ which substitutes ‘WAMP’

To adopt WAMP one needs to download ‘WAMP Server’ which is an open-source Windows web development environment. WAMP Server the installation process is automated and you can secure your setting files while making any changes over your web servers.

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MAMP stands for Macintosh Operating, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. MAMP is an application you can locally install on your Mac which allows you to have access to a local PHP server and MySQL server. Here Apache is the web server, MySQL is the relational database management system and PHP is the object-oriented scripting language. Here you can install WordPress on your computer that gives you a perfect testing ground for experimentation, theme development, plugin testing, and website development.

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LAMP: Linux Operating SystemApacheMySQL (or sometimes MariaDB) and PHP (Depending on who you talk to, the P also stands for Perl or Python, but in general, it is assumed to be PHP) is an open source Web development platform that uses Linux as the operating system, Apache as the Web server, MySQL as the relational database management system and PHP as the object-oriented scripting language. (Sometimes Perl or Python is used instead of PHP). Advantages are like it is very stable, have lots of freedom and control, robust and better security, so many distros and so much free, open source software and finally massive community in Linux environment to support you.

LAMP is sometimes referred to as a LAMP stack. Stacks can be built on different operating systems. Linux-based servers are typically cheaper to set up and maintain than Windows servers. Since Linux is open source, it also works with many other popular open source web hosting software components.

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