XAMPP stands for cross-platform(X), Apache(A) server, MariaDB(M), PHP(P) and Perl(P). It is built by Apache Friends and basically serves as a local host or a local server. Through this local server, you can install this software on your system and test the clients or your website before uploading it to the remote web server or computer. XAMPP is most widely known by Windows users, but there are XAMPP packages for Ubuntu Linux as well. In this article, we will describe a step-by-step method for installing this application stack on your system. You can then verify the installation by using a few URLs. You can also go through the uninstall process that will help you in uninstalling the software if the need arises.

The commands and procedures described in this article have been run on an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

Installing XAMPP on Ubuntu 18.04

Please follow the following steps in order to download, install and configure XAMPP on your system:

Step 1: Download the installation package

The first step is to download the XAMPP package for Linux from the official Apache Friends website:

https://www.apachefriends.org/index.html

Download Xampp

Click on the XAMPP for Linux option after which you will be prompted to Run the package or Save it to your system. We recommend downloading the package by clicking the Save File option. After which, your downloaded file will be saved to the Downloads folder by default.

Step 2: Make the installation package executable

We will install the package through the Ubuntu command line, The Terminal. In order to open the Terminal, either use the Dash or the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut. After the Terminal is open, you need to move to your Downloads folder to access the file.

Move to the Downloads folder by using the following command:

$ cd /home/[username]/Downloads

The installation package you downloaded needs to be made executable before it can be used further. Run the following command for this purpose:

$ chmod 755 [package name]

Example:

$ chmod 755 xampp-linux-x64-7.2.10-0-installer.run

Make XAMPP installer executable

Now the install package is in an executable form.

Step 3: Confirm execute permission

It is important to verify if the package can be executed by the current user. The execute permission can be checked through the following command:

$ ls -l [package name]

Example:

$ ls -l xampp-linux-x64-7.2.10-0-installer.run

Check if XAMPP installer can be executed

The -rwxr output shows that the file can be executed by the user whose name is also mentioned in the output.

Step 4: Launch the Setup Wizard

As a privileged root user, run the following command in order to launch the graphical setup wizard.

$ sudo ./[package name]

Example:

sudo ./xampp-linux-7.2.10-0-installer.run

Start XAMPP installer

This will launch the Setup wizard that will direct you with the rest of the installation procedure.

Step 5: Work through the graphical setup wizard

Now that the Setup Wizard for XAMPP by Bitnami is launched as follows, click the Next button to start the installation process:

Welcome to XAMPP setup wizard

The following dialog lets you choose XAMPP components that you want to install.

Choose which XAMPP components to be installed

Keep the default settings intact and then click Next. The following dialog will inform you about the location where XAMPP will be installed.

Select installation directory

Click Next to continue. The following dialog gives you the option of installing sponsored applications such as Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress etc. You can avoid Bitnami to install these applications by unchecking the ‘Learn more about Bitnami for XAMPP’ checkbox.

Choose if you want to install Bitnami installers

Click the Next button after which the following dialog will appear:

Start installation process

Click Next to begin the installation process:

Installing XAMPP

When the installation is complete, click the Next button. The following dialog indicates the completion of the installation process.

Setup completed

If you do not want to Launch XAMPP at this moment, uncheck the Launch XAMPP option. Also, click Finish to close the Setup dialog.

Step 6: Launch XAMPP through the Terminal

In order to launch XAMPP through your Ubuntu Terminal, enter the following command as root:

$ sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start

Launch XAMPP

This output shows that XAMPP is started and already running. Please note that you need to manually start XAMPP each time you restart your system.

If you get the following output after starting XAMPP, it means that Net Tools are not installed on your system:

Possible errors when starting XAMPP

In order to install Net Tools, run the following command as root:

$ sudo apt install net-tools

Installing net tools

After the installation of Net Tools, you will be successfully able to launch and use XAMPP.

Step 7: Verify Installation

After you have installed XAMPP on your Ubuntu system, it is good practice to verify the installation. To do so, enter the following URL in your FireFox browser:

http://localhost

The following webpage verifies that XAMPP is successfully installed and running on your system:

XAMPP Apache start page

You can also verify the installation of phpMyAdmin in a similar manner by entering the following URL in your browser:

http://localhost/phpmyadmin

The following webpage verifies that phpMyAdmin is successfully installed and running on your system:

PHPMyAdmin

Uninstall XAMPP

It is also important to learn how to completely uninstall and remove XAMPP from your Ubuntu system if you ever need to do so.

Open your Ubuntu Terminal and move to the directory where XAMPP is installed. That is:

$ cd /opt/lampp

The next step is to run the uninstall program you will find in the lampp folder through the following command:

$ sudo ./uninstall

The following dialog will appear asking you if you want to uninstall XAMPP and all of its modules:

Command to uninstall XAMPP

Click Yes to proceed with the uninstall process.

Uninstalling XAMPP

You will get the following message after successful uninstallation of XAMPP.

Uninstall completed

Click OK.

Another important step is to manually remove the lampp folder along with all its files and sub-folders. The following command will help you in doing so:

$ sudo rm -r /opt/lampp

Delete remaining files and folders

Now, XAMPP and all its modules are out of your system. You can also delete the downloaded install package if you want.

In this tutorial, you have learned a step-by-step installation process for XAMPP on your Ubuntu System. From downloading the install package, running it, and then verifying the installation, you have walked through the entire procedure with us. We have also provided enough information about uninstalling XAMPP if you ever need to do that.

How to Install XAMPP on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS System