How to install Joomla 5 on localhost

Installing Joomla 5 on localhost is a great way to test and develop your Joomla website before publishing it to a live server. To install Joomla 5 on localhost, you will need to install a web server and database on your computer.

One popular option for a web server on localhost is XAMPP. XAMPP is a free and open-source software package that includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, and other tools needed to run a web server.

Once you have installed XAMPP, you can follow these steps to install Joomla 5 on localhost:

  1. Go to the Joomla website and download the latest version of the Joomla installer.
  2. Unzip the installer file and copy the contents to the htdocs directory of the XAMPP installation directory.
  3. Open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost/joomla.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step 1: Download the Joomla installer

Go to the Joomla website and click on the Download button. The Joomla installer will be downloaded as a ZIP file.

Step 2: Copy the installer files to the XAMPP htdocs directory

Open the XAMPP installation directory and locate the htdocs directory. Copy the contents of the Joomla installer ZIP file to the htdocs directory.

Step 3: Open the installer in a web browser

Open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost/joomla. The Joomla installer will be displayed.

Step 4: Complete the installation

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. You will need to provide information about your website, such as the website name, administrator username and password, and database connection details.

Once the installation is complete, you will be able to log in to the Joomla administration panel.

Additional tips for installing Joomla 5 on localhost

  • If you are using a different web server on localhost, such as WAMP or MAMP, the installation process may be slightly different. Please consult the documentation for your web server for more information.
  • You can also use a Joomla installation script to automate the installation process.
  • For more information on installing Joomla 5, please refer to the Joomla documentation.

Conclusion

Installing Joomla 5 on localhost is a relatively straightforward process. By following the steps above, you can have your Joomla website up and running on localhost in minutes.