multiple installs on 1 mac?

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multiple installs on 1 mac?

Postby spcs5618 » 21. August 2013 09:45

I want to test a site on different php versions.
Is it possible (as mentioned in xampp for windows topic - last post) to install multiple instances of xampp on 1 mac?
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Re: multiple installs on 1 mac?

Postby mwxJudy » 28. January 2016 10:55

That was a long time ago... but you finally made it? I have the same problem. I couldn't find a way to change the default installation folder. Maybe you can help? thanx
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Re: multiple installs on 1 mac?

Postby Nobbie » 28. January 2016 13:19

There is no need to install more than one instance of Xampp. Instead create different VirtualHosts and install PHP as CGI Module. You may apply different PHP Versions in each VirtualHost, for example:

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<VirtualHost *:80/>
        ServerName php5.localhost
        AddHandler php-script .php
        Action php-script /php5/php-cgi
        ScriptAlias /php5 /Applications/path-to-php5
<VirtualHost *:80/>
        ServerName php4.localhost
        AddHandler php-script .php
        Action php-script /php4/php-cgi
        ScriptAlias /php4 /Applications/path-to-php4

You may even apply the same DocumentRoot to these VirtualHost if you want, at runtime only the name of the server (php5.localhost or php4.localhost) decides which PHP Version is used. For example http://php5.localhost/test.php will be executed by PHP5, whereas the same file is executed by PHP4 via http://php4.localhost/test.php

Of course, you may specify different DocumentRoots as well, this is usefull if you have for example two different versions of a tool (lets say WordPress or Joomla) and the one installation should run under PHP5 and the other under PHP4. With the help of VirtualHosts you can even specify more than only two different environments for your projects. And there is no need for a multiple Xampp installation.
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Re: multiple installs on 1 mac?

Postby yodarunamok » 09. November 2017 23:24

I love the solution above. Here are a few bits from my own implementation thereof that will (hopefully) help others down the line:
  • First, an obvious one that bit me: if using the vhosts file, ensure that the corresponding line in httpd.conf is uncommented. :oops:
  • Any directories where a CGI will be running need to be configured to allow this. In my case, this is a bit of code at the bottom of httpd-xampp.conf that looks something like this:
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    <Directory "/Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/bin">
        Require all granted
        Options +ExecCGI

    This syntax is for Apache 2, and depending on the version of XAMPP that you're running, what you need may be a bit different (
  • The handler syntax that I used within my VirtualHost blocks is just a bit different:
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        ScriptAlias /xampp-bin /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/bin
        <FilesMatch "\.php$">
            SetHandler application/x-httpd-php
        Action application/x-httpd-php /xampp-bin/php-cgi-5.4.31
Again, I hope this is helpful to others, and saves folks some time.
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