6 Best Local Web Server software1. XAMPP
XAMPP is the most popular software that allows to install and run a development server on your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and write, test, debug code before going live. This application will install different components that will help you to code websites and online applications on your local machine, avoiding costs with hosting. You can install these components like: Server: Apache, MySQL, Filezilla FTP Server, Mercury Mail Server, Tomcat. Programming Languages: PHP and Perl. Tools: phpMyAdmin (interface to manage MySQL Database), Webalizer (view different stats and analytics), Fake Sendmail (test and send emails).
WAMP is a development environment for Windows that allows to install and setup a local web server for PHP development. This tool will install the following components like Apache, MySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin, SQLBuddy (interface to manage MySQL and SQLite databases), Xdebug (debug PHP code). Its interface is available in multiple languages, you can access and view all components by typing localhost in your browser or with right click on its icon from System Tray.
AMPPS is a development environment and a web server that enable users to code web applications on their computer using PHP. This program is installing Apache, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP, Perl and Python and you will be able to code, test and debug applications written in these programming languages. This tool allows to create and interact with multiple MySQL databases, install different content management systems like Wordpress, Joomla, access root configurations and settings for each module. It can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux.
MAMP oiriginally developed for Mac, MAMP is a similar program with XAMPP, that allows to setup a web server on your home computer, now available for Windows users too. It installs Apache server with many essential modules included SSL, MySQL database, PHP with essential libraries included, Python and Perl, phpMyAdmin is available in paid version that also includes unlimited number of virtual hosts, use email, install multiple versions of PHP, Imagemagick library in PHP to manipulate images etc.
Zend is a web server that works on your local computer it will allow to run and deploy PHP applications. This software includes over 80 PHP extensions. It can be integrated with different web servers like Apache, IIS or Nginx. You can tweak PHP settings and configuration, deploy websites with a single click even is a custom script, a content management system like Magento, Wordpress and so on. It is intended for professional developers of large or small web applications. Also is installing the Zend framework that offers you the possibility to write code in this popular and scalable framework. Includes a debugger, data caching, application monitor etc. It can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux.
EasyPHP is a web server on your computer and develop web applications in local environment before making it live. Using it you can install and use components like Apache server, PHP, My SQL, phpMyAdmin and Xdebug. It also supports to install additional modules, the big advantage of this application is that it is portable, so you can use it from USB or easily remove it again from scratch. It includes quick links to start or stop services, change PHP settings, ports. It can be used on windows OS.
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