Installing and Testing Wampserver


Hopefully, you have now downloaded and installed Wampserver. This will give you a server on your own PC (Windows users), somewhere you can test your scripts. If you haven't yet dowloaded the Wampserver software, you can download it here:

Download Wampserver

If the installation went well, you should have an new icon in the bottom right, where the clock is:

Click the icon to see the menu above (older versions of Wampserver).

In Windows 10, double-click the Wampserver desktop icon after installation. You'll then see a green square on your taskbar, where the clock is. If you can't see the green square, click the white arrow to see it:

Wampserver on Windows 10

The image below shows Wampserver 3.0.6 running on a Windows 10 64bit machine:

Wampserver menu, Windows 10

From here, you can stop the server, exit it, view help files, and see the configuration pages.

Click on localhost, though, and you'll see this page appear: (Localhost just refers to the server running on your own computer. Another way to refer to your server is by using the IP address

Click the link under Tools that says phpinfo(). If all went well, you should be looking at the following page (The one below is a different php version, but don't worry about this - as long as you see something):

The info.php page (click to open in a new window 66K)

If you saw the above page, then congratulations! Your PHP server is up and running, and you can make a start scripting PHP pages.



If you don't see the info.php page, then you will need to refer to the wampserver forums. The page you need is here:

Wampserver Forums

Hopefully, your question will already have been asked an answered. (Unfortunately, we can't answer questions about Wampserver, as it's not our software.)

Saving your PHP files

Whenever you create a new PHP page, you need to save it in your WWW directory. You can see where this is by clicking its item on the menu:

The www directory in Wampserver

When you click on www directory, you should see an explorer window appear. This one is from Windows Vista: (You'll probably have only two files, index and testmysql.)

And here's the folders in Windows 10 (notice that there are lot more files in later versions of Wampser):

Windows 10 showing the Wampserver www directory

This www folder for Wampserver is usally at this location on your hard drive:


And this location for newer versions of Wampserver and operating systems:


Bear this in mind when you click File > Save As to save your PHP scripts: Save them to your www directory. (If you on a Mac or Linux, you may need to save PHP files to htdocs folder instead of a www one.)


Launching your PHP scripts

Suppose you have created a php script called test1.php. To launch this script, you need to add the script name after localhost in your browser. So instead of this:


You would type this:


You don't type the name of the wamp folder, however. This would be wrong, for example:


As too would this:


Your server knows where the www folder is, so you don't have to type it out: just add the script name to localhost. Likewise, if you create a folder under www then you'd just type this:



OK, we'll assume that everything is now up and running. We'll now start to program in PHP.