How to add Xampp Control panel GUI in Ubuntu 12.10 (Linux)

When you install XAMPP in Linux, there is no control panel GUI for starting or stopping the Server and other components in default installation. But you can create easily. This short tutorial is for those who want to add XAMPP control panel GUI in Ubuntu 12.10.

How to do?

First you need ‘python-glade2’ for this to work

sudo apt-get install python-glade2

Now open Terminal and create a new file named ‘Xampp.desktop’

sudo gedit ~/Desktop/Xampp.desktop

You will get text editor. Now copy following code and paste it there.

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Xampp Control Panel
Comment=Start or Stop XAMPP
Exec=gksudo python /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel.py
Icon=/opt/lampp/htdocs/favicon.ico
Categories=Application;Development;Web
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=0

If you have installed Xampp for Linux in other than ‘/opt’ folder then change the ‘Exec’ and ‘Icon’ value accordingly.

Change the file permissions so that it can execute.

sudo chmod +x ~/Desktop/Xampp.desktop

There is nice and beautiful Xampp icon in your Desktop. If you double-click that icon XAMPP Control panel will open.

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