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Installing Drupal on Your Local Windows Installation

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In this guide, you’ll learn how to set up Drupal on your local WAMP server. Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites, including:

  • Community web portals
  • Discussion sites
  • Corporate web sites
  • Intranet applications
  • Personal web sites or blogs
  • Aficionado sites
  • E-commerce applications
  • Resource directories
  • Social Networking sites

This guide is part of the Turning Your Computer into a Local Web Server series. Learn more from the main page.

Installing Drupal on Your Local WAMP Server

To install Drupal on WAMP, do the following:

  1. Download the latest version of Drupal here
  2. Extract the zip file and copy the drupal directory to C:\wamp\www
  3. Give the directory a meaningful name

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  4. Now go to http://localhost/. Under Your Aliases, click on phpmyadmin

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  5. When phpMyAdmin loads, click on Databases. Under Create a new database, type in a database name and click Create

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  6. You will receive confirmation that the database creation is successful

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  7. Go to C:\wamp\www\[your directory]\sites\default
  8. Copy default.settings.php and rename the copy to settings.php

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  9. Go to http://localhost/[your_directory_name]. You will see the Drupal installation screen.
  10. Choose Install Drupal in English

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  11. If, you see the following error, make sure the file is correctly named “settings.php” and that you are in the C:\wamp\www\[your directory]\sites\default directory

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  12. Enter your database name from earlier and enter the username as root. You will not need a password as you’ve not selected one yet.

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  13. Configure your site’s settings as desired.

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  14. Installation of Drupal is now complete and you can now log in.

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Now you’ve learned how to install Drupal on your Windows machine, you may now add LDAP integration in ten minutes or less.

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