These are the steps I took to install my own (local) web development setup on Windows. I moved away from XAMPP or WAMP installation packages because I want to have a way to change software version of each components easier and registering them as a Windows services.
- Downloaded the latest version of software: Apache, PHP and MariaDB. I didn’t had to install appropriate Visual Studio Redistributable for obvious reason of having them already present on my computer. When picking the right PHP version, choose Thread-Safe and same architecture as Apache.
Installed or extracted them to a custom location
SRVROOTvariable in apache’s
conf/httpd.conffile to reflect different install path –
conf/httpd.confafter all LoadModule directives I added the following lines because I decided to use php 7.3 and extracted it in
LoadModule php7_module "C:\WebDevTools\php73\php7apache2_4.dll" <IfModule php7_module> AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .html PHPIniDir "C:\WebDevTools\php73" </IfModule>
In php installation folder I copied
php.iniand in uncommented directive
directory_ext="ext"and set its value to
C:\WebDevTools\php73\ext. And because I will be accessing a database I also enabled appropriate extensions (mysqli, pdo_mysql) by uncommenting them.
Went to Apache24 bin directory, opened PowerShell as an Administrator and fired command
.\httpd.exe -k installwhich installed Apache as a service.
Installed MariaDB with default options (without changing root passoword).
I used this guide for reference.
Then I installed another Apache server instance, this time with differnet PHP version. That way when in need of different PHP version, I only have to quit currently running Apache server and start another. Instead of editing