Install XAMPP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Step by step guide ?

XAMPP is an open-source software that provides users with an out-of-the-box server experience. It is a complex, yet very easy-to-use AMPP (Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl) distribution that's compatible with the Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems. The best tool for those who want to install a fully functional web development environment.

Basically, XAMPP stands for cross-platform (X), Apache (A), MariaDB (M), PHP (P), and Perl (P).

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related XAMPP web development queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install XAMPP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. 

Steps to Install and use XAMPP on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

1. Perform System Update

First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

2. Install XAMPP on the system

Now we download XAMPP from the official website:

### For PHP 7.2 ###

$ wget https://www.apachefriends.org/xampp-files/7.2.34/xampp-linux-x64-7.2.34-0-installer.run

### For PHP 7.3 ###

$ wget https://www.apachefriends.org/xampp-files/7.3.23/xampp-linux-x64-7.3.23-0-installer.run

### For PHP 7.4 ###

$ wget https://www.apachefriends.org/xampp-files/7.4.11/xampp-linux-x64-7.4.11-0-installer.run

### For PHP 8.3 ###

$ wget https://www.apachefriends.org/xampp-files/8.0.3/xampp-linux-x64-8.0.3-0-installer.run

Once done, we change the permission of the installer. 755 means read and execute access for everyone and also write access for the owner of the file:

$ chmod 755 xampp-linux-x64-8.0.3-0-installer.run
$ chmod +x xampp-linux-x64-8.0.3-0-installer.run

Finally, Run the installer:

$ sudo ./xampp-linux-x64-8.0.3-0-installer.run

The setup wizard will open, follow the installation instruction. Click next.

In the future, if you want to stop the service of this tool, simply use the following command:

$ sudo /opt/lampp/lampp stop

And if you want to start them again via command line:

$ sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start

How to access XAMPP on the Ubuntu system ?

Once the setup is finished, XAMPP should be available for its usage on your Desktop or open your browser and follow this link: http://localhost/.

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This article covers the process of installing the XAMPP stack on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. In fact, XAMPP is a cross-platform development environment consisting of Apache, MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. Using XAMPP on an Ubuntu Desktop reduces the installation effort and time for developers. Instead of resolving conflicts between different components of a development stack, developers can focus on their work.