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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,613
United States Rank #11,896
Reach 0.0667%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.19 days
802.23 days >
Average installed length: 421.51 days

XAMPP 1.8.1

What is XAMPP?

XAMPP is a free and open source cross-platform web server solution stack package, consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MySQL database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages. XAMPP requires only one zip, tar, 7z, or exe file to be downloaded and run, and little or no configuration of the various components that make up the web server is required. XAMPP is regularly updated to incorporate the latest releases of Apache/MySQL/PHP and Perl. It also comes with a number of other modules including OpenSSL and phpMyAdmin. Officially, XAMPP's designers intended it for use only as a development tool, to allow website designers and programmers to test their work on their own computers without any access to the Internet. To make this as easy as possible, many important security features are disabled by default. XAMPP also provides support for creating and manipulating databases in MySQL and SQLite among others. Once XAMPP is installed, it is possible to treat a localhost like a remote host by connecting using an FTP client. Using a program like FileZilla has many advantages when installing a content management system (CMS) like Joomla. It is also possible to connect to localhost via FTP with a HTML editor.

About  (from Apache Friends)

Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.
  • Starts automatically
  • Adds a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
Installation folder: C:\programs\xampp
Uninstaller: "C:\Programs\xampp\uninstall.exe"

Program filesFiles installed by XAMPP 1.8.1

Program executable:service.exe
Additional files:
  • xampp_start.exe - XAMPPcli (Start and stop XAMPP)
  • xampp_stop.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • xampp_cli.exe - XAMPP for Windows (XAMPP: control services from the shell)
  • xampp_restart.exe - XAMPP: restart XAMPP from the shell
  • xampp_service_mercury.exe - XAMPP: service wrapper for Mercury Mail Transport
  • xampp-portcheck.exe - XAMPP: check open ports
  • mklink.exe
  • msvcr71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • php_xdebug-2.2.2-5.5-vc11-x86_64.dll (by Derick Rethans) - Xdebug
  • putty.exe (by Simon Tatham) - PuTTY suite (SSH, Telnet and Rlogin client)
  • xampp_chkdll.exe - XAMPP: service utility
  • xampp_control3.exe
  • xampp-control.exe
  • xampp-control1.exe
  • xampp-control-3-beta.exe
  • xampp-control-default.exe
  • xampp-control-old.exe
  • xampp-win32-1.8.1-VC9-installer.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • xampp-control.exe is scheduled as a task named 'startxampp' (runs daily at 21:30).
  • service.exe runs as a service named 'XAMPP Service' (XAMPP) "XAMPP Control Panel Version 2.5 (9. May, 2007)".
Startup File (User Run)
  • xampp-control.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'xampp-control' and executes as C:\xampp\xampp-control.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • putty.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\PuTTY\putty.exe'.

How do I remove XAMPP?

You can uninstall XAMPP from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program XAMPP 1.8.1, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove XAMPP.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.24%
Windows 10 22.64%
Windows XP 6.16%
Windows Vista 2.96%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.64%
Windows 7 Ultimate 22.81%
Windows 7 Professional 16.09%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.10%
Windows 8 Pro 5.42%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.66%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.75% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 19.75%
  Germany 13.21%
  Indonesia 5.57%
  India 4.23%
  Italy 3.34%
  United Kingdom 3.34%
  Brazil 2.97%
  Spain 2.75%
  France 2.45%
  Netherlands 2.45%
  Philippines 2.23%
  Canada 2.00%
  Japan 1.86%
  Austria 1.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.36%
Dell 22.82%
Acer 16.15%
ASUS 13.97%
Samsung 5.38%
Lenovo 3.97%
Toshiba 2.69%
Intel 2.18%
American Megatrends 0.77%
Apple 0.64%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.75%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.82%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.22%
Dell Inspiron 5520 2.25%
Dell Inspiron N4050 2.25%
Dell Inspiron N5010 1.93%


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