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XAMPP for Mac OS X is the simplest, most practical and most complete webserver solution for Mac OS X. The distribution includes an Apache 2 Web server, integrated with the latest builds of MySQL, PHP (both 4 and 5) and Perl. It comes as a Mac OS X Installer package which contains all the necessary files and requires no dependencies.

If you are an experienced Web developer or a Mac enthusiast who needs to run a webserver, create dynamic webpages or use databases, this is your lucky day!

What's New

Version 1.8.3-4:
  • Updated OpenSSL to 1.0.1g
  • Updated Apache to 2.4.9
  • Updated PHP to 5.4.27
  • phpMyAdmin 4.1.12


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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--marc Member IconReview+35

XAMPP v1.8.3 (PHP 5.5.11) will install an Apache HTTP, MySQL, PHP, and Perl web stack.

Relative to AMPPS Apache HTTP, MySQL, PHP, Perl, and Python web stack. (which is my current primary web), i have the following observations:

• After starting the Apache/FTP/MySQL services, quitting the XAMPP manager does not quit the services.
• No Preferences on the XAMPP manager-osx.app
• Control panel is simple start/stop/restart/configure..text file.
• Webadmin GUI ... does not really have one.
• approx 20 add-on packages like Wordpress via Bitnami.

• Quitting AMPSS will stop the Apache/FTP/MySQL services.
• Preference available for "Start on Session Startup"
• Control panel include start/stop/restart/configure..text file + access log + error log + restore default config + PHP version control + PHP extension control
• MongoDB
• cPanel type interface for webadmin GUI
• Pure-FTPd
• approx 329 add-on packages like WordPress via Softaculous installer

It's nice that quitting XAMPP manager-osx.app does not stop the services...

However, I find that XAMPPS has room for catch-up and improveme in areas such as PHP control, application install selection, webadmin interface and preferences such as "Start on Session Startup"

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Version 1.8.3-4
klagreca Member IconComment+182

I cannot get PROFTPD to work for the life of me. And no documentation doesn't help.

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Version 1.0.1
Greg Raven Member IconComment+18
Greg Raven

While MAMP Pro on the surface seems easier to use, it hasn't been updated in almost a year, and support for it seems to have ceased for all intents and purposes. From what I can tell, to set up virtual hosts in XAMPP you have to edit httpd.conf to allow virtual hosts, and then edit the virtual hosts file in the extra folder. This is more difficult that simply adding a line to your hosts file, which MAMP Pro recognizes, but it is also the new standard for managing virtual hosts. It's also nice that XAMPP has the more recent versions of Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc. Last but not least, XAMPP is free, where you have to pay for MAMP Pro.

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Version 1.0.1

MAMP is free and plays a role similar to xampp. The primary difference is that MAMP is Mac specific while xampp is not.

MAMP Pro is a commercial product that offers enhancements to MAMP but it is not a contemporary of xampp. For comparison purposes you need to stick to MAMP (the free version) and xampp.


MAMP doesn't support php 5.3. Xampp does

Doug S. Member IconComment+197
Doug S.

1. The UI is unclear. There's no specific indication as to whether or not everything is enabled beyond the text.

2. No support for web files placed in another location besides the site folder. MAMP Pro allows for this.

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Version 0.7.4
Tom Marvolo Riddle Member IconComment+6
Tom Marvolo Riddle

forget XAMPP and get MAMP!
XAMPP is good for windows or linux, but MAMP on the Mac is an even better solution

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Version 0.7

Why is that? I use MAMP myself but that is because xampp didn't work on non-intel Macs. Now I am on a MacBook and can use either one so I'm curious as to why you think MAMP is better than xampp? Is it just more "Mac" feeling or does it have more up-to-date components or what?

Tom Marvolo Riddle

it is just much more user friendly than xampp and a few more features


Can you say a bit more about what things set the two packages apart? For those of us who have not spent time on both, it would be helpful. It could also help the developers improve the package.


To me it looks like XAMPP has more recently updated versions of server apps versus MAMP. And, XAMPP has more options. For example, support for SSL built it.

Both get the job done though.


Doug S.

So far I have to agree. Mostly because of MAMP Pro, which is a nice, easy UI tacked onto MAMP. That's not free but it's worth it for the ease of use and such.

Though, if XAMPP added some front-end app I'd switch if only to give it a test run.

That and some screen-shots to see what the UI is like.


I don't quite understand what you mean, saying XAMPP doesn't have a gui frontend. (Disclaimer, I'm not a hardcore coding engineer, so I might be totally out in the blue, though, but:) As far as I understand it, the XAMPP Control Panel is just that, a gui frontend to all the XAMPP gooness.

Also, to the best of my knowledge, it seems like XAMPP is updated more frequently and contains more recent components.


Edit: funny thing, a misleading typo manages to slink into my previous comment ("gooness"). No pun intended.


I see I commented a year ago ago on this. I have used both XAMPP and MAMP extensivly since then and can say, without hesitation, that MAMP is the way to go. I use XAMPP on my windows machine (which is pretty much only used for testing and a version control app) but am not especially fond of it even there. MAMP is easier to use, has a much cleaner and simpler interface and is simply easier to deal with on the whole.

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Version 1.8.3-0
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Version 1.8.1-beta1
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Downloads 28,813
Version Downloads 2,918
Type Internet / Servers
License Free
Date 11 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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