XAMPP is a package for Microsoft Windows that allows you to run web-server software on your local computer. It contains everything you need to run webtrees. It works well for local testing and development - or if you only need an offline/standalone version of webtrees.
The “document root” (the folder where you install webtrees) is usually
C:/xampp/htdocs. The URL for this folder will be
NOTE: If you use Microsoft Edge or IE, then you should use
http://127.0.0.1 instead of
These browsers do not set cookies properly when the domain name does not
.. Other browsers are OK.
You should copy webtrees to this folder. Many people install to a
sub-folder, such as
This will have the URL
This allows you to have several instances of webtrees (or other
applications) installed at the same time.
During setup, you will be asked for your MySQL details.
- Server name -
- Port number -
- Database user account -
- Database password - By default, XAMPP does not set a password, so leave this empty.
- Database name - Choose a unique name for your database.
webtrees will create it if it does not exist.
webtreeswould be a good choice for your first database.
- Table prefix - This is needed when you install multiple applications in one database.
Since XAMPP allows you to create multiple databases, you should use the default