What's the difference between various download files?

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What's the difference between various download files?

Postby ajax » 16. March 2019 20:15

Having trouble understanding the difference between a couple of the download files. What is the difference between the 2 downloads that follow:
1. xampp-portable-windows-x64-7.3.2-2-VC15.7z
2. xampp-windows-x64-7.3.2-2-VC15.7z

In my lexicon "portable" means NO installer which are normally distributed as zip (7z) files but I notice there is also a download that is named as both "portable" & "installer" (exe type file) which confuses the heck out of me.

Also, I'm intending to store this on a USB drive with other portable apps & would consider using the Portable Apps (i.e., portableapps.com) "XAMPP Launcher" app.
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Re: What's the difference between various download files?

Postby Nobbie » 16. March 2019 21:56

ajax wrote:Also, I'm intending to store this on a USB drive ...


Exactly thats the idea of the "portable" Xampp installation. Its meant for USB sticks etc.
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Re: What's the difference between various download files?

Postby Altrea » 16. March 2019 23:24

The portable version has the following differences compared to the standard version:
- setup_xampp.bat will set paths in the component config files without any drive letter
- xampp control panel windows service functionality is disabled
- main components MercuryMail and FileZillaServer are not included
- components webalizer and mailtodisk are not included

Why there is a installer version of the portable XAMPP bundle... i don't know. It does not make any sense, especially that this installer sets an uninstaller on the system it is executed.
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Re: What's the difference between various download files?

Postby ajax » 17. March 2019 17:25

Got it! Thanks, that is very helpful.

Wouldn't it make sense to post such information on the download page or did I just fail to find it.
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Re: What's the difference between various download files?

Postby Altrea » 17. March 2019 18:11

I don't have any possibility to place information on the Apachefriends homepage. But yes, there are some ways to make the download page more selfspeaking then it is now.
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