How to Install WordPress with XAMPP on Windows

Computer monitor with security lock icon
Computer monitor with security lock icon

The article outlines how to install WordPress on Windows using XAMPP. Crucial steps include downloading the XAMPP Package, installing XAMPP, and configuring it. Once the system is set up, a WordPress database must be created with the necessary credentials. Then, WordPress content can be downloaded from its official page and extracted. The process concludes with WordPress installation and the creation of a WordPress admin account.

This article describes the steps to install WordPress on Windows with XAMPP support.

WordPress, the most popular content management system, can create all kinds of websites, from personal blogs to eCommerce to almost any type of website.

To run WordPress, you must install a webserver, a database server, and PHP server scripting modules.

99% of the time, WordPress will be installed on a Linux system, including Ubuntu, with either the LAMP or LEMP stack.

However, some open-source projects today enable installing WordPress on Microsoft Windows desktops and servers.

One such project is XAMPP. XAMPP is an entirely free, easy-to-install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.

How to install WordPress on Windows with XAMPP support

As described above, 99% of the time, WordPress will be installed on a Linux system, including Ubuntu, with either the LAMP or LEMP stack.

However, some open-source projects today enable installing WordPress on Microsoft Windows desktops and servers.

Below is how to install WordPress on Windows.

Download XAMPP Package

To install XAMPP on Windows, download the Windows version to the Apache Friends website.


Install XAMPP

After downloading the Windows version, you should be prompted to install the package. Next, you’ll need to install 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 the Apache XAMPP default page.

xampp apache windows

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


This should get you onto the MariaDB database server.

xampp windows mariadb

To secure the 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 WordPress Database

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

mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called wpdb


Create a database user called wpuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON wpdb.* TO 'wpuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download WordPress Content

Now that the WordPress database has been created download WordPress content from its download page.

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

You can delete all the files and folders and extract WordPress content from that folder. The htdocs should look like this:

xampp windows

When done, open Internet Explorer and type


This time you should see the WordPress default setup page.

varnish wordpress ubuntu

Type in the database connection info and continue

xampp wordpress windows

Create a WordPress admin account and continue

xampp wordpress windows

After installing, log on to the WordPress admin dashboard.

xampp wordpress windows


Posted by

I love computers; maybe way too much. What I learned I try to share at


  1. Thank you so much for this. It was exactly what I needed

  2. Concise, clear, and to the point. Thanks for this great write-up.

  3. Unable to connect to the server as root user, giving up.
    Cleaning up…
    error occured

  4. No matter how many times I click shell command in the Control Panel the command window just doesn’t show up.Does it take a lot of time to show up or is there any other problem?I am running xampp on windows 10.

  5. Hello! Thanks for your post – I’ve used when I decided to start with WP locally. One remark – maybe it would be better to use phpMyAdmin to create db and user, than CLI?

  6. I have my website running on local xampp server on windows 10 system I want to move to my new Mac pro computer how do I do it? thanks.

    1. I have tried this install several times. It always fails at the same point right after you put the DB info in and it is accepted. Then I get a fatal error. I made sure the Define
      WP_CONFIG_PHP is set to true.
      The tables were created, it brought up a logon box but it just kept saying the user ID or PW was incorrect. Not sure what to do now.

      Dean Edwards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.