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Wamp and Xampp” the local servers that are used while developing PHP sites. With the help of these servers, programmers can test a website locally before they upload it to the main server, which further ensures that the website doesn’t have any bugs or errors. XAMPP specifically is a free and open source cross-platform web server developed by Apache Friends. XAMPP stands for Cross-Platform (X), Apache (A), MySQL (M), PHP (P) and Perl (P). It is a simple, lightweight Apache distribution that makes it extremely easy for developers to create a local web server for testing and deployment purposes. Everything needed to set up a web server – server application (Apache), database (MariaDB), and scripting language (PHP) – is included in an extractable file. XAMPP is also cross-platform, which means it works equally well on Linux, Mac and Windows. On the other hand, WAMP is an acronym for Windows (OS), Apache (web-server), MySQL (database), PHP (language). XAMPP and WampServer are both free packages of WAMP, with additional applications/tools. WAMP is a variation of LAMP for Windows. It is used for testing webpages without publishing them live on the internet. In short, it is used for off-line preview of webpages so developer can easily get idea to how their webpage looks on real web browser.

The primary differentiator between Wamp and Xampp is the operating system (OS):


  • The full form of Wamp is Windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP as it combines all four
  • Wamp is an open-source platform
  • It works on the Windows OS
  • Uses the Apache web server
  • Uses the Mysql relational database management system
  • PHP is the object-oriented scripting language.


  • The full form of Xampp is x-os, apache, mysql, php, perl
  • Xampp is an open-source platform
  • Includes X-OS because it can be used for all major OS such as Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Xampp also includes extra features like supporting perl, filezilla, mercury mail and some other scripts



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