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Aanyu Deborah Oduman
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How to get Xampp working on your M1 chip Macbook pro

So... a while ago, my Macbook M1 pro was just a brand new machine with very little software installed. As a dev, obviously, I needed to install Xampp and a bunch of other applications that I always had on my Windows computer. I remember my installation was successful, but when i went back to use it this one time, I got one of the most annoying errors that I have received since I started using the M1. I don't know what happened! Suddenly, Xampp was incompatible with the M1??
INFO:Starting "XAMPP" stack ERROR: Error starting "XAMPP" stack: cannot calculate MAC address: hv_vm_create unknown error -
Clicking on the "Show details" will show you an error that looks like...

INFO: Starting "XAMPP" stack ERROR: Error starting "XAMPP" stack: cannot calculate MAC address: hv_vm_create unknown error -85377023

Another thing i noticed is that my opening screen looked like this...
Wrong Xampp starting screen
...instead of this....
Correct Xampp starting screen
So my next course of action, of course, was to search for solutions from StackOverflow, and I tried out a couple, but they weren't exactly working for me. I kept getting the same error when I launched the application.
It is possible that i might have been too frustrated to read through all the solutions properly and find the right one πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Anyway, I concluded that Xampp was probably not compatible with the M1 (like many software) and moved on to other options. Alas! Today, I found myself in a similar position. I needed to self host a Learning Management System using Drupal, and I needed Xampp (to be my server) for that. Damn, I was back here again. So I tried starting Xampp again(the one that i had unsuccessfully tried to set up the last time) hoping that by some magic, it would work this time. LOL!
You guessed right, it didn't work.

Anyway, I did some Googling (with a lot more patience this time) and I came across this post by somebody who seemed to have a found a solution that worked.
Basically, what the author of the post did was this:

  • Go to your Applications folder and make a copy of the Xampp application that you already have installed. Do not uninstall it! Make a copy! Make copy of Xampp in Applications folder
  • After you've done that, delete the original "Xampp" application. (Right click on it, and select "Move to bin")

  • Open your browser, and enter this url. (You could also simply open this url in a new tab)

  • Download the version 7.2.34/PHP 7.2.34 of the Xampp application. This is the exact link to the download page, if you don't want to have to look for it. Click the link where the arrow is pointed.
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  • Once the download is finished, click on the .dmg file to install Xampp (for real this time πŸ˜‚). Launch your application.

    I hope you got this beautiful window!
    Welcome to Xampp!
    Good luck! I hope it worked for you!

Kindly share this blogpost with somebody who might be having some trouble with Xampp on the M1 Macbook Pro! Leave a comment if this blogpost helped you :).

Top comments (21)

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Ephwurd Kuwurd

I use these two commands to launch apache, php, mysql (without launching old XAMPP client which doesn't work anymore in Macbook M1).

sudo /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/xampp startapache

sudo /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/bin/mysql.server start

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Jovylle B

The UI did worked on my end. But I did currently installed xampp with php 5.6.40 version.

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Stephen Senkomago Musoke

I tend to use Laravel Valet for serving PHP projects with a configurable tld I use the test

It provides native capabilities to create SSL certificates for the domains, share via ngrok

The MySQL setup I use Homebrew

paolamd profile image

It worked like magic! I still don't understand why, but thank you so much!

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Aanyu Deborah Oduman

Youre welcome!

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Adrienne Lee

This is exactly the post I was looking for - thank you for this walk through, totally worked on my new M1 after a number of other failed attempts!

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David Benna

Thank You πŸ’ͺ🏼😊

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Abraham Jerry Kakooza

Great piece. Was totally helpful. Hopefully am gonna find out the magic behind this😁

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Aanyu Deborah Oduman

I'm happy that you found it helpful! :)

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Christoph • Edited

well the 7x version is running yes. but not the actual 8x version.

i still get the "cannot calculate MAC address: hv_vm_create unknown error 0x00000004
Using fd 13 for I/O notifications" error message

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CryptoRhinoGH • Edited

_[RESOLVED FOR PHP>8.x for M1 Mac] _
I just made an account to say this:
Go to sourceforge, specifically, here:
download the INSTALLER. Do not use the VM. You should be able to use it after it installs, and brings back the familiar opening there was earlier

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Logan Greer

Does this work for the php 8 version?

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Aanyu Deborah Oduman

I don't think so. I've had that issue too.

cgz profile image

It does not :(

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Jessica Jeong

Thank you for this! :) Just wondering if we can delete the copy of the first XAMPP installation once the "real" one is successfully set up?

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Aanyu Deborah Oduman

That's a risk. πŸ˜‚ I think I tried it once and got problems.

thinmyatnaing profile image

It was amazing ! It is working on M1 Macbook Air. Thanks a lot. Totally Helpful.

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Thank you very much for you help

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Samuel Wilson

Thank you so much. Created an account just to say thanks.!

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ouiminga • Edited

install the dmg instead of vm
that resolved my problem

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Anurag Deshmane

how to install php in xampp in mac m1?