Xampp For Solaris

Welcome to the Solaris (SPARC) version of XAMPP. This version was developed and tested with Solaris 8 and tested with Solaris 9.


This version of XAMPP is still in the first steps of development. Use it only at your own risk.

It would be helpful you can report any problems you encounter with XAMPP. This will help me to improve XAMPP and make it more useful for everybody.

Jump-off point

Pictures of XAMPP

Download and Installation

Step 1: Download
Step 2: Installation
Step 3: Start
Step 4: Test


A matter of security (A MUST READ!)
Advanced start & stop parameters
What is where?
Stopping XAMPP

* Pictures of XAMPP

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here you can take a look at some screen shots of a XAMPP installation.

Download and Installation

* Step 1: Download

Simply click on one of the links below. It’s a good idea to get the latest version. 🙂

A complete list of downloads (older versions) is available at SourceForge.

A detailed overview over the changes and contents of all XAMPP releases is available in the RELEASENOTES

XAMPP Solaris 0.8.2 45 MB Apache 2.2.4, MySQL 5.0.37, PHP 5.2.1 & PEAR + multibyte (mbstring) support, Perl 5.8.3, ProFTPD 1.3.0a, phpMyAdmin, OpenSSL 0.9.8e, Freetype2 2.1.7, libjpeg 6b, libpng 1.2.12, zlib 1.2.3, expat 1.95.7, Ming 0.3, pdf class 009e, IMAP C-Client 2006, OpenLDAP 2.3.11, libiconv 1.8, FreeTDS 0.63, libgdbm (1.8.3), libxslt (1.1.9), mcrypt (2.5.7), cURL (7.15.5), eAccelerator (0.9.5), Webalizer (2.01)

* Step 2: Installation

After downloading simply type in the following command:

Go to a shell, become root, and start the downloaded file as a shell script:

sh xampp-solaris-0.8.2.sh

Now the installer will ask you where to install XAMPP:

Where do you want to install XAMPP? (press Ctrl+C to quit)

Warning: The recommended location to install XAMPP is /opt/xampp. Anything else may work, too. But not for sure. (From 0.8.2 on, XAMPP installs only to /opt/xampp.)

* Step 3: Start

To start XAMPP simply call this command:

/opt/xampp/xampp start

You should now see something like this on your screen:

Starting XAMPP 0.8.2...
XAMPP: Starting Apache...
XAMPP: Starting MySQL...
XAMPP: Starting ProFTPD...
XAMPP started.

Ready. Apache and MySQL are running.

Note: If you start XAMPP as normal user and not as root the start of ProFTPD will skipped and Apache uses port 8080 instead of 80.

If you get any error messages please take a look at the Solaris FAQ.

* Step 4: Test

OK, that was easy but how can you check that everything really works? Just type in the following URL at your favourite web browser:


Or if you stared XAMPP as normal user:


Now you should see the start page of XAMPP containing some links to check the status of the installed software and some small programming examples.

The Instant Art example: A small PHP/GD program (since XAMPP for Linux 0.9.6pre1 also a flashy PHP/Ming example, see screenshot). Thanks to Anke Arnold for her font »AnkeCalligraph«.


* A matter of security (A MUST READ!)

As mentioned before, XAMPP is not meant for production use but only for developers in a development environment. The way XAMPP is configured is to be open as possible and allowing the developer anything he/she wants. For development environments this is great but in a production environment it could be fatal.

Here a list of missing security in XAMPP:

  1. The MySQL administrator (root) has no password.
  2. The MySQL daemon is accessible via network.
  3. ProFTPD uses the password “xampp” for user “nobody”.
  4. PhpMyAdmin is accessible via network.
  5. MySQL and Apache running under the same user (nobody).

<!– To fix most of the security weaknesses simply call the following command:

/opt/xampp/xampp security

It starts a small security check and makes your XAMPP installation more secure.


* Advanced start & stop parameters


start Starts XAMPP.
stop Stops XAMPP.
restart Stops and starts XAMPP.
startapache Starts only the Apache.
startssl Starts the Apache SSL support. This command activates the SSL support permanently, e.g. if you restarts XAMPP in the future SSL will stay activated.
startmysql Starts only the MySQL database.
startftp Starts the ProFTPD server. Via FTP you can upload files for your web server (user “nobody”, password “xampp”). This command activates the ProFTPD permanently, e.g. if you restarts XAMPP in the future FTP will stay activated.
stopapache Stops the Apache.
stopssl Stops the Apache SSL support. This command deactivates the SSL support permanently, e.g. if you restarts XAMPP in the future SSL will stay deactivated.
stopmysql Stops the MySQL database.
stopftp Stops the ProFTPD server. This command deactivates the ProFTPD permanently, e.g. if you restarts XAMPP in the future FTP will stay deactivated.

For example: To start Apache with SSL support simply type in the following command (as root):

/opt/xampp/xampp startssl

You can also access your Apache server via SSL under https://localhost.

* What is where?

What is where? A big question of our existens, here are some answers! 😉


/opt/xampp/bin/ The XAMPP commands home. /opt/xampp/bin/mysql calls for example the MySQL monitor.
/opt/xampp/htdocs/ The Apache DocumentRoot directory.
/opt/xampp/etc/httpd.conf The Apache configuration file.
/opt/xampp/etc/my.cnf The MySQL configuration file.
/opt/xampp/etc/php.ini The PHP configuration file.
/opt/xampp/etc/proftpd.conf The ProFTPD configuration file.
/opt/xampp/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php The phpMyAdmin configuration file.

* Stopping XAMPP

To stop XAMPP simply call this command:

/opt/xampp/xampp stop

You should now see:

Stopping XAMPP 0.8.2...
XAMPP: Stopping Apache...
XAMPP: Stopping MySQL...
XAMPP: Stopping ProFTPD...
XAMPP stopped.

And XAMPP is stopped.

* Uninstall

To uninstall XAMPP just type in this command:

rm -rf /opt/xampp

The end.

Author: Kai ‘Oswald’ Seidler
Last modification: Wed 09 May 2007 07:41:23 PM CEST
© 2002-2008 Apache Friends


Enter the path you want to install XAMPP or simply press return if you accept the proposed location.

That’s all. XAMPP is now installed below the /opt/xampp (or the location you entered) directory.


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