How to update XAMPP for Windows Sep 26, 2016

If you want to install XAMPP, follow this blog.


I assume that your XAMPP is installed in D:\xampp

  1. Backup all databases

    First, backup all your databases, run this command in the cmd Windows, you will get the file data.sql, copy or move it to D:\data.sql

    D:\xampp\mysql\bin\mysqldump -uroot -p --all-databases > data.sql
  2. Rename the old XAMPP
    Stop all XAMPP's services and rename the XAMPP folder, for instance D:\xampp to D:\xampp_old
  3. Download new version
    Download the new version and install it to D:\xampp
  4. Copy config files from old XAMPP

    From D:\xampp_old, copy and overwrite those files/folders to the new D:\xampp

  5. Re-download PHP ext
    If you use additional php extensions, you need to re-download new version (Thread Safe x86) for your new php.
  6. Copy htdocs
    If you have existing sites in your old xampp htdocs directory, then copy that folder's content to the new install location.
  7. Restore databases

    Start XAMPP, open cmd and run this command to restore the databases:

    D:\xampp\mysql\bin\mysql -uroot -p < D:\data.sql


Check and make sure everything is OK then you can safely remove the old XAMPP D:\xampp_old

Note: Tested with XAMPP 7.0.1, may work with other versions


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