Two tips Using XAMPP, Apache, Tomcat on Windows 7 (getting started)

Two tips Using XAMPP, Apache, Tomcat on Windows 7 (getting started)

Here are some practical tips for getting XAMPP running on your Windows 7 machine. I use this for getting my Hudson / Maven / Sonar demonstation environment.
There are two issues that can save you a lot of time when you know how to solve them.

My configuration:

  • Windows 7, 64 bit.
  • Xampp 1.7.4 with Tomcat 7 included. (install via windows installer, nexted through install menu, no special things)

After running the installer there are two issues:

  1. Apache does not start
  2. Tomcat will only run command line and not as a Windows service.

1. Apache does not start.

The XAMPP control panel does nog give any feedback and  command line : apache_start.cmd gives the following error:

Diese Eingabeforderung nicht waehrend des Running beenden
Bitte erst bei einem gewollten Shutdown schliessen
Please close this command only for Shutdown
Apache 2 is starting ...
(OS 10048)Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted.  : make_sock: could not bind to address
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs

Apache konnte nicht gestartet werden
Apache could not be started

It seems there is already a process running on port 80. This is the World wide web publishing servicer
Solution : Stop and disable
this service and start apache. Voila.

2. Tomcat will only run command line.

After this step I discovered Tomcat has no option on the Xampp control panel. You can start tomcat by gaining to [xampp-home]\tomcat\ and run catalina_start.bat.

Problem is that you will have to have the command window always open and you cannot run this on your server.

In the \tomcat\bin folder you will find “service.bat. Via the command service install you can install tomcat as a service.  This command gives the following error.

C:\xampp\tomcat\bin>service install
Installing the service ˜Tomcat7™ ...
Using CATALINA_HOME: C:\xampp\tomcat
Using CATALINA_BASE: C:\xampp\tomcat
Using JAVA_HOME: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21
Using JRE_HOME: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre
Using JVM: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_21\jre\bin\server\jvm.dll
Failed installing ˜Tomcat7™ service

You can fix this by altering the properties of tomcat7.exe and tomcat7w.exe.  Change the compatibility to run as administrator and the service will install. Again, voila.

tomcat w properties

Hope you find these tips helpful.  Good luck.


  1. Clerison Campos Alencar July 22, 2014
  2. German March 16, 2012
  3. Robbrecht October 13, 2011
  4. Bernhard October 13, 2011