In today’s article, we will check out what WampServer is, the features of WampServer, the pre-requisites required for installing WampServer and the installation of WampServer.
What Is WampServer?
WampServer is a web development platform which is installed on windows operating system. The server allows you to create dynamic web applications with PHP as the main language and MySQL as the database along with Apache2 and MariaDB. WampServer can install everything with default settings which you need to develop web applications.
It’s is available for free (under GPML license) in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Wampserver is not compatible with Windows XP, SP3, or Windows Server 2003. As the title suggests, I am going to use Windows 10 (32-bit) as the operating system, in this tutorial. Few features of WampServer are given below.
Features Of WampServer
- It manages your Apache, MySQL and MariaDB services
- Does manages your servers settings
- Can access your logs and setting files
- It can create an alias
- Can use Virtual Host as hosters
Pre-Requisites For Installing WampServer
Before proceeding any further, you must ensure that certain elements are installed on your computer, otherwise Wampserver will not run and in addition, the installation will be faulty. Make sure you are “up to date” in the re-distributable packages VC9, VC10, VC11, VC13 and VC14.
- Install a new version of Wampserver. If you install Wampserver over an existing version, not only will it not work, but you risk losing your existing databases.
- Install Wampserver in a folder at the root of a disk i.e. C:\wamp.
- Before installing you must disable or close some applications like Skype
- Disable IIS
See Visual C++ Packages below
The MSVC runtime libraries VC9, VC10, VC11 are required for Wampserver 2.4, 2.5 and 3.0, even if you use only Apache and PHP versions with VC11. Runtimes VC13, VC14 is required for PHP 7 and Apache 2.4.17
VC9 Packages (Visual C++ 2008 SP1)
VC10 Packages (Visual C++ 2010 SP1)
VC11 Packages (Visual C++ 2012 Update 4)
The two files VSU4\vcredist_x86.exe and VSU4\vcredist_x64.exe to be download are on the same page: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679
VC13 Packages (Visual C++ 2013
The two files VSU4\vcredist_x86.exe and VSU4\vcredist_x64.exe to be download are on the same page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784
VC14 Packages (Visual C++ 2015)
The two files vcredist_x86.exe and vcredist_x64.exe to be download are on the same page: http://www.microsoft.com/fr-fr/download/details.aspx?id=48145
If you have a 64-bit Windows, you must install both 32 and 64bit versions, even if you do not use Wampserver 64 bit.
Installing WampServer On Windows 10
1). Go to the official website of WampServer by clicking the LINK.
2). Click on the DOWNLOAD tab. After clicking the tab, the page will scroll down.
3). You will find two options on the page. Click on the Set Up which suits your version of Windows Operating System depending on whether you have 32-bit or 64-bit windows to download WampServer. As I mentioned earlier, I will be using Windows 10 (32-bit) for this tutorial.
4). You can download the Set Up anywhere you want on the computer but I would recommend that you download it on the desktop, so that it is easy to find. You can change the download path and set it to desktop in the settings of your browser.
5). To open the set up, double click on it or right click on the set up and then click on the Run As Administrator option. By selecting the “Run As Administrator” option you will get all the admin rights for installation.
6). Select your Set Up Language and click on OK. By default it is English.
7). Select the “I accept the agreement” and click next
8). If all the pre-requisites mentioned in this article are successfully applied then click on Next.
9). From the below screen select the path you want for the WampServer to install by clicking the Browse button. I would recommend that you keep the default path i.e. c:\wamp as it is and click on Next.
10). On the next screen Setup will create shortcuts in the following Start Menu folder. Keep the default values and click Next.
11). On the next screen click Install
12). The installation will take around 5-10 minutes depending on the speed of your computer. Have patience and let the installation complete.
13). On the next screen select the default browser you want to use with WampServer. I would recommend Mozilla Firefox over any other browser.
14). Click on Open.
15). The next screen will give you an option to select an editor, by default it is notepad. Keep the default values as it is and click on No.
16). Again on the next screen keep the default values and click on Open.
17). Choose if you want to keep the access Private of Public by selecting the check boxes on the next screen. I would recommend that you Uncheck the Public Networks check box and Check the Private Network Check Box and click on Allow Access.
18). You are almost there. The installation is in the final stage now. Click on Next.
19). On the below screen click on Finish. The step will finish installing WampServer on your computer (localhost).
20). After the installation is complete, double click on the WampServer icon on the desktop to start it and then click on Start All Services from the icon on the task bar. After all the services start the icon on the task bar will turn green. Also, you will find a folder named wamp being created in the C drive of your computer. Projects are stored at C:\wamp\www which is the root directory.
21). Finally to check whether everything is in place and the installation is successful, open internet explorer and type localhost in the address bar and hit enter. If you get the screen below the you are all set and ready to go.
All set and done…!