Running joomla locally

What if you don't have hosting account

You can use various offline software packages which can emulate exactly like a hosting environment (webserver).

These tools are free to use. They are good for testing and learning and you don't require an internet connection to test your joomla website! But it has some major drawbacks too. One major drawback is that other people can't see your website! for this you have to buy a hosting space so that whole world can see your joomla websites.

But for learning i think they are excellent tool :

Bitnami joomla


BitNami Joomla! provides all-in-one free native installers, virtual machines and Cloud Images that simplify the Joomla! installation and hosting. The stacks include a pre-configured version of Joomla! and all of its required dependencies.

You can download it from HERE




XAMPP web server


XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.


You can download it from HERE




wamp webserver for windows


WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your databases.


You can download it from HERE