XAMPP Alternatives

    XAMPP is described as 'completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl' and is a well-known app in the Development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to XAMPP for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Self-Hosted solutions and BSD. The best alternative is WampServer, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like XAMPP are Apache HTTP Server (Free, Open Source), Laragon (Free), MAMP (Freemium) and Devilbox (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 2, 2021

    1. The Uniform Server is a WAMP package that allows you to run a server on any MS Windows OS based computer. It is small and mobile to download or move around and can also be used or setup as a production/live server.
      Most users think The Uniform Server is a great alternative to XAMPP.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Setup at a glance a pre-configured Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP environment on your system or on a USB key and develop or present locally your projects.
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      Most users think EasyPHP is a great alternative to XAMPP.

      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
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    2. Fenix is a desktop web server for developers. A simple and visual static web server with collaboration features.
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    3. Lando is a free, open source, cross-platform, local development environment and DevOps tool built on Docker container technology and developed by Tandem.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Open Server - a portable server platform and software environment designed specifically for web developers, taking into account their recommendations and suggestions. Open Server is much more functional than complex software like XAMPP or WAMPSERVER.
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      Most users think Open Server is a great alternative to XAMPP.
    4. Abyss Web Server is a compact web server available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems.
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    5. USBWebserver is a bundled package of Apache, MySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin Mini Relay and software that allows a Web server from a USB stick to run.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 8.6, released in September 2013, can be still downloaded from Mediafire.

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      USBWebserver vs XAMPP opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      USB WebServer serves as a partial alternative to XAMPP because it can simulate the Apache and MySQL server. However, the response isn't the best.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

    6. Windows+Nginx+MariaDB+PHP
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      Most users think WnMp is a great alternative to XAMPP.
    7. Winginx is a complex of local web server on Windows (Vista and higher) to develop in PHP and Node.js using databases MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, memcached.
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