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XAMPP vs MAMPP

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Those of you who have been taught by me recently will have had the praises of XAMPP sung in their ears, whilst at the same time occasionally hearing me curse its name in the other.

Gags, my studio partner and President, CEO and Commander in Chief of Sebenza-Systems however had other ideas for running Apache locally on our beloved macs.

I hate to say it, ..and i can see the smile spreading across his face, …but it would appear yet again he is right, ..XAMPP sucks, …boys and girls the way to go is MAMPP.

Yup, MAMPP kicks XAMPP‘s sorry little arse, especially since the new universal binary edition (that’s Intel version to you and me) barely even installs let alone works.

So get MAMPP-ing.

You heard it here, ..second. :)

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14 comments

  1. What is the date of this post? I think having the date is very useful information for reader allowing them to make a calculated guess if the information is still relevant.

    I’ve been using XAMPP on OS X since I switched (Tiger) and now have Leopard. I’ve heard a few people recommend MAMPP and when you start XAMPP from the command line you actually have to do $ sudo mamppp start. Seems XAMPP is actually MAMPP to a certain extent. Would be good to hear if this is still relevant info.

    I like your blog design by the way ;)

  2. mog says:

    The date is on the Top Left, just under the image, ….i got fed up with the whole ‘posted by’, ‘on’ scenario directly under the post, ..so sidelined it, ..but it is there :)

    The post was written in February last year, but i still do tend to agree with the choice of MAMP over XAMPP for mac users, especially on the Intel based machines (he says thinking, probably only i am still flogging the old G5 workhorse).
    Although, in truth since my annoyance with XAMPP last year and my absolutely pleasure with MAMP, i have had no reason to go back and try the current version of XAMPP which i am sure will do just fine. ..if it ain’t broke and all that.

    In response to XAMPP being MAMP, yes, they both essentially utilize the same capabilities within your machine and do pretty much the same thing, ..the only real operable difference is the appending of the port :8888 to the localhost url in the browser.

    And finally to sum up, i actually find myself using MAMP much much less these days since the emergence of my absolute favourite piece of software ever ever ever, ..CODA which greatly simplifies the process of working directly on the server (subject to available connection of course, ..and trust that you keep good backups/time tracking).
    …which just leaves MAMP as an in-flight development tool.

    Glad you liked the site. Thanks.

  3. spox says:

    i have no idea about MAMPP , i think XAMPP is more popular than MAMPP.

  4. mog says:

    I guess it depends on that old chestnut, ..PERSONAL PREFERENCE !!

    There is a nice article reviewing XAMPP/MAMP available here where the author talks about the differences between the two, but all that happens is as with so many pieces of software, they all perform the basic fundamental tasks, but with different interfaces, buttons & widgets.

    Lucky we don’t all like exactly the same things really/

  5. Maxwell says:

    Although I’ve been a long time XAMPP user on Wintel, I also have been using it on my G4 iBook. However, after installing the latest version of WordPress and Textpattern using 0.72, I’m getting annoying error messages like “You tried to save to a post that doesn’t exist” or something similar. Or if I try to delete a post, same error. WTF!!!!!! I’m getting lots of problems with the TXP database when running it under XAMPP for Mac OS/X. But I’m gonna download the latest version and see if that fixes the problems.

  6. mog says:

    I would always advise mac users to opt for MAMP, but as stated earlier this is slightly dated advice as i have not used XAMPP for a number of years now and it may now be up to spec, ..all my problems started when using it on the first Intel machines, …and as MAMp has never let me down, i have not looked back.

  7. Miguel says:

    Correct me if i am wrong mog,

    But would it be a safe judgment me saying you are giving XAMPP an unfair trial seen as though you haven’t tried the newest XAMPP out on mac intel? but yet still judging it from previous experience.

    Fair comment “IF ITS NOT BROKE, DON’T FIX IT”, but surely if you are to pass judgment on software have the latest versions to compare, then the advice or opinion you give would be much more appreciated.

    *This is not a rant*<- lol

  8. mog says:

    I don’t think that would be very fair at all :) …especially as i have not used either in any great capacity for a couple of years now.
    The original article was written in February 2007 when i was lecturing at university, and no i have not seeked to update it since other than continue to relate the experience i had then.
    I have also tried to point out in the comment thread the date of the original article a number of time, and try and cite more recent sources for comparison also.

    There is indeed a xampp for osx http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-macosx.html and it looks just like the xampp i start using originally and loved, ..i just hope, and assume it works just as well.
    mampp is still there too,…and i think their site inclines me to use their software just that little bit more http://www.mamp.info/ but i think i should bow out of this arguement as i now do most of my work direct on the server, and use my iphone tethering to ensure i always have a connection, …if not, ..i just go kite surfing.

    So yes Miguel you are right, this post is not relevant anymore, …i will draw a line under it here
    ——————————————————————————- :)
    …although if someone stumbles across any review/resource relevant to this discussion feel free to post it for us to see.

    Thanks :)

  9. Sahus Pilwal says:

    If anyone reading this article like me is at that cross road between deciding to use either MAMP or XAMPP please know that MAMP support/forum is not updated by forum/support moderators. From what I understand the company behind MAMP is not even sure the project will continue in the future. So if you are thinking of purchasing MAMP Pro please be advised it’s possible there might not be any future releases! For now I would go for XAMPP or MAMP basic until it’s understood what the state of affairs are with regards to the continuation of this product!

  10. mog says:

    Thanks for the heads up on that Sahus. I always went for the MAMP basic as it did everything i required, ..but hopefully will help others in the future.

  11. tim says:

    I guess you are mixing up MAMPP and MAMP? The original post talks about “MAMPP”, which does not exist (anymore?). Instead there only is “MAMP” (only one p, so without perl). XAMPP on the other side has “perl” included (that’s the second p), so this article is really misleading for someone who looks for an easy integration of perl in apache. So, if you need perl, I guess you have to go for XAMPP.

  12. mog says:

    Thanks Tim, …perhaps if you paid the same attention to the comments as you did to the spelling of MAMPP you might have encountered some of these sentences:

    “The original article was written in February 2007 when i was lecturing at university, and no i have not seeked to update it since other than continue to relate the experience i had then.”

    “I have also tried to point out in the comment thread the date of the original article a number of time, and try and cite more recent sources for comparison also.”

    “So yes Miguel you are right, this post is not relevant anymore, …i will draw a line under it here
    ——————————————————————————- :)
    …although if someone stumbles across any review/resource relevant to this discussion feel free to post it for us to see.”

    ..oh yes, .and the article date 9th Feb 2007 :)

    Thanks for spotting the typo though ;)

  13. Gervic says:

    xammp 1.7.5 sucks. too many bugs. if your php scripts contains $_POST, $_REQUEST, $_SESSION, $_SERVER, $_COOKIE, $_GET you got this notice (Notice: Undefined index: injury_type in C:\xampp\htdocs\index.php on line 73).

  14. Steveorevo says:

    Neither MAMP or XAMPP alone enables Coda2′s AirPreview, direct theme file editing with WYSIWYG Preview, copy/export/import WordPress websites in a few clicks, etc. View source *and* preview at the same time (MAMP just doesn’t cut it).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw9-F8etBPY#t=4m45s