XAMPP (/ˈzæmp/ or /ˈɛks.æmp/[2]) is a free and open source cross-platform web server solution stack package developed by Apache Friends,[2] consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP ServerMariaDB database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages.[3][4] XAMPP stands for Cross-Platform (X), Apache (A), MariaDB (M), PHP (P) and Perl (P). It is a simple, lightweight Apache distribution that makes it extremely easy for developers to create a local web server for testing and deployment purposes. Everything needed to set up a web server – server application (Apache), database (MariaDB), and scripting language (PHP) – is included in an extractable file. XAMPP is also cross-platform, which means it works equally well on Linux, Mac and Windows. Since most actual web server deployments use the same components as XAMPP, it makes transitioning from a local test server to a live server extremely easy as well.