Mac, Drupal and XAMPP

Loving XAMPP . It’s a kin to having the messiah arrive in Trafalgar Sq without media coverage.

The team on suggested I use XAMPP when I asked for a replica dev environment on my shiny new Mac. As I used to have a 10 page installation guide for Digital Deli (a LAMP setup) I was somewhat reticent to embark on this adventure. Especially on a mac, which reminds me of the La Nausée opening chapter by Jean-Paul Sartre

Firstly check out . If you are also installing Drupal then ignore it’s flipant remark of getting the latest version. Instead get the one that has a php version in line with the Drupal you want.

So I used version o.7.1 which uses php 5.2.9 and drupal-6.15. As did the dev team at

As a slow newbie it took me a couple of hours to find the sexy self installing version in the complex folder structure on sourceforge. Scroll down to XAMPP for mac and download the dmg version.



Kavita is an advisor to Micro:Bit Educational Foundation and Tido. She writes about technology and business. She is mostly based in London. You can contact her directly or via twitter (kavitakapoor)