How to Install Joomla CMS on Windows with XAMPP

This article describes steps one can take to install and use Joomla on Windows with XAMPP support.

Joomla is a free open source, mobile-ready and user-friendly content management software use to create many of the websites and applications you use every day.

From personal blogs to eCommerce to almost any types of websites. In order to run Joomla, you’ll need to install a webserver, a database server and PHP server scripting modules.

Majority of the time Joomla will be installed on a Linux system, including Ubuntu with either the LAMP or LEMP stack. However, there are some open-source projects today that are making it possible to install Joomla on Microsoft Windows desktops and servers.

One such project is XAMPP. XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.

Download XAMPP Package

To get XAMPP installed on Windows, head over to Apache Friends website and download the Windows version

Install XAMPP

After downloading the Windows version, you should be prompted install the package. You’ll need to install with Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl as shown in the image below. Complete the installation and continue to the next step.

Accept the default installation directory: C:\xampp

xampp windows 10

Configure XAMPP

Now that the package is installed, open XAMPP and start up Apache and MySQL services as shown in the image below.

xampp windows

After starting Apache2 and MySQL, these servers should be running. to test whether Apache is running, open Internet Explorer on the host machine and type the URL below:

This should bring up Apache XAMPP default  page.

xampp apache windows

To validate that MariaDB is installed and functioning, open the Shell command prompt on the right of XAMPP Control Panel. This should launch the command shell. then type the commands below:


This should you onto MariaDB database server.

xampp windows mariadb

To secure MariaDB database server, open the Shell command windows again, then type the commands below.

perl\bin\perl.exe mysql\bin\

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Create Joomla Database

While still in the Shell command windows, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB database server. type the password you enter above when prompted.

mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called joomla


Create a database user called joomlauser with new password

CREATE USER 'joomlauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON joomla.* TO 'joomlauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download Joomla Content

Now that Joomla database has been created, go and download Joomla content from its download page.

After downloading the Joomla file, extract it into the C:\xampp\htdocs

You can delete all the files and folders in there and extract Joomla content that that folder. the htdocs should look like this:

Configure PHP Settings

Now that Joomla content is in the Apache2 root directory. go to the path below and open PHP configuration file.


Then right-click the highlighted PHP configuration file and edit. then make the changes below in the file and save. you will have to scroll line by line.

xampp joomla windows

Then make the change the following lines below in the file and save.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 120
max_input_vars = 1500
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Save the file when you’re done.

When done, open Internet Explorer and type the URL below to begin Joomla installation wizard.

joomla ubuntu let's encrypt

Type the database connection info and continue

Finally, install

joomla ubuntu let's encrypt

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Joomla on Windows 10 with XAMPP support.