How to Install WAMP Server on Windows 10

wamp setup complete

Apache (HTTP Server), MySQL or MariaDB, and PHP are the minimum required tools to start a Web Application Development on Local Desktop. These tools are open source and work on Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. You can install these independently but it would be time-consuming and difficult to maintain.

There are tools available like XAMPP, WAMP, LAMP, MAMP which package all these together to make your job easy. WAMP Server is such package available for Microsoft Windows.

Pre-requisite

Basic software installation knowledge on Microsoft Windows Operating System.

Software/Hardware

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • WAMP Server

Wamp Server

WAMP is an abbreviated name for Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP.  It provides Apache, MySQL, and PHP software stack on Windows Operating System. It is available only for the Windows platform ( 32 bit and 64 bit), unlike XAMPP which is cross-platform and available for Windows, Linux, and MAC operating systems.

Note:- wamp for Linux and Mac does not exist. You should use XAMP, LAMP, MAMP for the respective operating system.

Features ( Source – Official Page), 

  • Manage your Apache, MySQL, and MariaDB services
  • Install and switch Apache, MySQL, MariaDB, and PHP releases
  • Manage your servers settings
  • Access your logs
  • Access your settings files
  • Create alias
  • Use VirtualHost as hosters

Before moving further with installation read the below points carefully.

  • Wampserver 3 does not support Windows XP even SP3.
  • Wampserver requires a disk or formatted NTFS partition. Does not support FAT32 or exFAT
  • Make sure you are “up to date” in the redistributable packages VC9, VC10, VC11, VC13, VC14, and VC15
  • Do not install Wampserver OVER an existing version
  • Install Wampserver in a folder at the root of a disk, for example, C:\wamp or D:\wamp. Take an installation path that does not include spaces or diacritics
  • Install Wampserver “as an administrator” i.e Right-Click on the installer file then Run as an administrator.
  • Close Skype or force not to use port 80

You can read this forum article to better understand the prerequisite.

Wamp Server Download

WampServer is available for free (under GPML license). Click this link to download the latest version from the official site.

wampserver download

This page always shows the latest release which is 3.1.0 at the time of writing this article. Always download the latest WAMP Server.

The latest version provides below tools,

  • Apache 2.4.27
  • PHP 5.6.31, 7.0.23, 7.1.9
  • MySQL 5.7.19
  • MariaDB 10.2.8
  • PhpMyAdmin 4.7.4
  • Adminer 4.3.1
  • PhpSysInfo 3.2.7

Use the below links to download the individual file.

64 bit download – Use this installer if your desktop is 64 bit.

32 bit download  Use this installer if your desktop is 64 bit or 32 bit, should work on both.

Install WampServer

Now let’s see how to install Wamp Server. This is a wizard-driven installation. It provides steps by step instructions with default options. Don’t change it unless you know what you are doing.

Let’s start……….

Step 1 – Select Setup Language

Double-click on the downloaded file to start the installation. Wamp supports English and Francisca only. I am going to choose English. Choose as per your preference and click Ok.

select setup language

Step 2 – License Agreement

It is available for free. Go through the terms mention in the License Agreement windows. Click the I accept the Agreement check box at the end of the screen.

Click next.

accept agreement

Step 3: Read Information

Read the instruction given below carefully. This provides some useful information about wamp installation and usage.

setup information

Step 4 – Select destination location

Next, choose the destination location. The default is wamp64. You can change it if you want, but make sure there is no space in a folder name.

select destination location

Step 5 – Start menu folder

Select start menu folder where setup should create the program’s shortcuts. It also defaults to Wampserver64. You can change it if you want to have a different folder

select start menu folder

Step 6 – Ready to install

Next, the screen lists down all the selected options by you like the Destination Location and Start Menu folder. This is the last chance to change it. Hit the Back button if you want to change it else click the Install button.

ready to install

Step 7 – Installation Starts

The installer extracts and copies all necessary files to your system.

installation started

Step 8 – default browser

wamp uses the Internet as a default browser. Installer asks if you want to change some other browser like Chrome, Safari, etc.

check default browser

If yes, just browse and select the browser.

choose default browser

Step 9 – default text editor

Notepad is a default text editor. Change it if you want.

check default text editor

Step 10 – Firewall warning

The firewall blocks some of the features of the Apache HTTP Server and provides you an option to select the private and public networks.

firewall warning

Step 11 – Information

Just read the following information.

setup information

Step 12 – Setup completes

Setup completes within some time. Click the Finish button.

setup complete

Using Wamp

Just type localhost in the internet browser. This opens the interface as shown below. Using the small icon at the taskbar, you can control Apache, PHP, MySQL and MariaDB extensions.

Explaining everything about it is beyond the scope of this article, but it is easy and you yourself can explore it.

wampserver dashboard

Summary

WAMP provides an easy-to-use option for Windows 10 operating system.  You can use it to install WordPress or PHP/MySQL development.

I hope you found this article helpful.

Do let me know if you face any issues with WampServer Installation. You can also ask a question on the wamp forum.