Apache PHP Dev Stack on Ubuntu

Installing XAMPP (L)AMP Stack on Ubuntu 13

I decided a long time ago that the purist's approach to installing the full WAMP/LAMP stack on my personal (home) development machine was no longer worth the effort.  There are many fantastic open solutions available that make the install and management of the stack so incredibly easy.

On Windows OS, I'm quite partial to EasyPHP - this is an outfit that has really nailed the concept of managability, whether in dev-mode or for light production..

On Linux OS, I'm partial to XAMPP, and while I wish that EasyPHP built for Linux, I find XAMPP to be a highly suitable solution overall.

As of Jan, 2014, XAMPP is not yet packaged for Ubuntu 13 and available in the software center.  Installation is relatively straight forward nonetheless, though I generally prefer the supremely easy and reliable package installs through the software center.  Again, I'm way past heavy lifting and hackery...just want it to work with no muss or fuss.

To install:

Download the latest ( as of this writing).  Find the downloaded .run file > right-click >  Properties > Permissions tab > tick the Allow executing file as program option > Close (dialog).

Open a terminal session > at prompt sudo (i.e.: <user@machine>:~$ sudo -s) to become root > navigate to Downloads (i.e.: cd Downloads) > execute your .run file (i.e.: ./

If all goes to plan, you should see a bitnami installer pop up to guide you through the remaining installation, and following the installation, your XAMPP 1.8.3-2 management app launch, along with a browser session indicating web server responsiveness.

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