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This is tested on both XAMPP ( and WAMP (

Note: on XAMPP the apache directory is just apache while on WAMP the directory is apache2 (please change the instructions below accordingly)

Note: check version of PHP to use. 

Note: On WAMP v2.x, modules can be enabled and disabled through the Aestan Tray Menu by pointing to PHP→PHPExtenstions then clicking the appropriate extension. Magento 1.7 does not work with WAMP 2.2. You may use WAMP 2.1.

1) Download and Install (place magento files as referenced in installation instructions)

2) Setup Database using phpmyadmin (goto: http://localhost , there will be a link on the left to goto phpmyadmin)

3) Edit apache/conf/httpd.conf change line:

#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

(just remove the # )

Edit apache/bin/php.ini and php/php.ini (same changes on both files - note, as of XAMPP 1.7.1, you will only have to change php/php.ini) change lines (the first change is not necessary on xampp):

and changes lines:




(just remove the ; )

4a) On WAMP you must also change the following line in apache2/bin/php.ini and php/php.ini changes lines:




(just remove the ; )

In addition to php_pdo_mysql.dll, you may also need to make sure you are loading:


5) There is a bug in Windows’ php_pdo_mysql implementation. It is possibly related to this bug documented here: and here: . Workarounds could be:

using ODBC (will be described how to apply in Magento later)
download (mirror for the file mentioned in bug comments) and add this file to your phpext directory .
Wampp has a version of libmysql.dll that works fine. Download here If you prefer Xampp over Wampp, simply copy the good libmysql.dll from your wampp installation into your xamppapachebin directory.
Here is another link to the libmysql.dll file:

Note above file is linked by a community member, FrenchToast and the current download above is hosted by Xavier ETCHEBER. While there has been no problems with this file it has not been fully verified.

6) Restart all servers

7) Goto: http://localhost/magento/install (replace the above “magento” with where your installation was extracted to)

8) On page 2 “Configuration” change database as needed and change Secure Connection to: (XAMPP actually supports SSL over port 443 - so this step is not needed if you want to test SSL)

Secure Host: localhost (could be different)
Secure Base Path: /magento/ (also could be different)
Secure Protocol: http
Secure Port: 80

9) Continue with install, all should be good!


Magento requires itself to be installed on a host name with at least one period ‘.’ in it, therefore installing to http://localhost doesn’t work. (Having installed to //localhost, I was unable to get it running even after the following changes. In the end I had to reinstall using the new host name which then worked fine.)

If you can’t login to the administration panel after installation, that’s because there’s a cookie problem. Add these lines:


C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts (edit this file in notepad)

Then go to<folder>

NB: This was the key note (9) to allowing me to install the latest version of Magento on the latest version of XAMPP (13 July 2011). You will need to change the permission of the ‘hosts’ file in window to allow you to save. All the other changes had already been made in my version of XAMPP. Once you have made the change reinstall Magento using the downloader and the<folder>.

Additional information on installing XAMPP and Magento, including video demonstrations, can be found at

Known Issues
Magento was developed on Linux and as such, it is most tested on this platform. Here are some known issues that may result from the use of other operating systems.

1. Under Windows, image uploads may not work at this time:

here's a fix (from
login to backend using FireFox, you will resolve this issue.
go to System -> Configuration -> Catalog, then under Image Configuration

Category upload url - /media/catalog/category/
Product upload url - /media/catalog/product/

rename to:

Category upload url - /RootFolderName/media/catalog/category/
Product upload url - /RootFolderName/media/catalog/product/

RootFolderName matches your folder you've installed magento in


my installation is located:C:/wamp/www/magento
so my rootfoldername is magento!!
Category upload url - /magento/media/catalog/category/
Product upload url - /magento/media/catalog/product/

image upload should work know and you can start working offline


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