FAQ - How to set up/install Joomla on Win XP for local testing

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FAQ - How to set up/install Joomla on Win XP for local testing

Postby Waseem Sadiq » Wed Dec 21, 2005 4:01 pm

Hi Folks,

I ended up helping one of the members set up Joomla on his local machine (Win XP) yesterday. So thought I'd share this with everyone :)

What you'll need:


  • Install Wamp
  • unzip joomla into your wamp's www folder (eg C:\wamp\www\joomla
  • start wamp
  • open a browser window and go to http://localhost/joomla
  • follow the on screen prompts to install joomla

On screen prompts and what to enter in the boxes

  • Host Name = localhost
  • MySQL User Name = root
  • MySQL Password = blank (don't put anything in this box)
  • MySQL Database Name = anyhting you like (eg joomladb)
  • MySQL Table Prefix = jos_ (this is set as default but you can change it)
  • Make sure that install sample data is ticked
  • Click "next"

step 2:
  • Site name = your site name

step 3:
  • VERY IMPORTANT!! Change the admin password to something memorable (as this is only for testing locally I'd suggest setting the password to admin or password or similar

step 4:
  • Remove or rename BOTH of the following: INSTALL.PHP and the installation folder (eg C:\wamp\www\joomla\installation\)

step 5:
  • in your browser window click on either the "view site" button or the "Administration" button

Voila!! you now have a local copy of Joomla for testing purposes

Discussion for this topic over here: http://forum.joomla.org/index.php/topic,88838.0.html
Last edited by Tonie on Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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