Install Joomla on Windows Using XAMPP

Step 1: Download & Install XAMPP

Navigate to apachefriends website and download the latest version for windows.

A picture of XAMPP homepage

Once downloaded run the installer. For this we only need to install Apache and MySQL.

A picture of XAMPP installation screen

Once installed, open it and proceed to start Apache and MySQL by clicking at the start button. When started you should see something like this:

A picture of XAMPP control panel

Step 2: Download and Extract Joomla

Navigate to and select the download Joomla button.

Joomlas homepage

Once downloaded open the Zip file with WinRAR and extract it to your htdocs directory. Your htdocs directory is located in C:\xampp\htdocs.

Click Extract To in winrar

Enter C:\xampp\htdocs like I have done below:

Extraction screen in winrar

Then press ENTER or click the OK button.

Step 3: Install Joomla

Open up your webbrowser and navigate to http://localhost/. Once here you should see something like this:

Joomla configuration screen

Configure your installation and click next.

Step 4: Setup Database

Here you got two options. Method 1 is to setup the database with XAMPP, or you can setup your database at a linux server. In this tutorial we are going to cover the easiest, and that is to have everything in one place.

To setup your database navigate to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/server_databases.php

Type the name of your database in the first red marked box as seen below and click create. In this tutorial I am going to call this database Joomla.

phpmyadmin databases screen

Go back to your installation page and fill out the forms:

Joomla configuration screen
  • Host Name: localhost
  • Username: root
  • Password: leave empty
  • Database Name: Joomla

Click Next and continue to the next step.

You are almost done! All you have to do now is to click install and wait for it to install.

Joomla configuration screen

Congratulations. You have now installed Joomla!

Joomla installed popup screen message

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