Last updated October 1, 2014. Created on July 13, 2012.
Edited by wusel, arijits.drush, ludovids, Fohsap. Log in to edit this page.

My setup

  • Windows XP (up to: Windows 7 - 32 or 64 bit)
  • Drupal 7
  • XAMPP 1.8.1, but on Windows XP NOT newer!

XAMPP runs on the same computer as my browser.


  • Important Safety Notice:
    The safe operation of the web server, that can be accessed from the internet, is not guaranteed by XAMPP, which is a development system!
  • The same configuration on another webserver (e.g. apache, but not XAMPP) is ok!


Follow it step by step!

1. Install "XAMPP" ( at 'C:\xampp' (and NOT at 'C:\Program Files\xampp\' or similar!) by unzipping it there.

2. Check for 'httpd.conf' file at 'C:\xampp\apache\conf' and

# Virtual hosts
#Include "conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf"


# Virtual hosts
Include "conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf"

only, if the "#" was in that row!

3. Now open 'httpd-vhosts.conf' from 'C:\xampp\apache\conf\extra' and add these lines

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin postmaster@host.localhost
DocumentRoot "C:/xampp/htdocs"
ServerName localhost
ServerAlias www.localhost
ErrorLog "logs/host.localhost-error.log"
CustomLog "logs/host.localhost-access.log" combined

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin postmaster@dummy-host.localhost
DocumentRoot "C:/xampp/htdocs/drupal"
ServerName dummy-host.localhost
ServerAlias www.dummy-host.localhost
ErrorLog "logs/dummy-host.localhost-error.log"
CustomLog "logs/dummy-host.localhost-access.log" combined

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin postmaster@dummy-host2.localhost
DocumentRoot "C:/xampp/htdocs/drupal"
ServerName dummy-host2.localhost
ServerAlias www.dummy-host2.localhost
ErrorLog "logs/dummy-host2.localhost-error.log"
CustomLog "logs/dummy-host2.localhost-access.log" combined

4. Restart your web server.

5. Now open file '%windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts' and add these 4 lines at end of file    dummy-host.localhost    dummy-host2.localhost    www.dummy-host.localhost    www.dummy-host2.localhost

6. Now download the latest "Drupal 7" recommended release (,
create a folder name "drupal" inside 'C:\xampp\htdocs\'
and put all content of this drupal release (including the folder structure and its content) in this folder.
Now you can find e.g. the file 'C:\xampp\htdocs\drupal\sites\default\default.settings.php', you need it.

7. Create 2 folder name
a.) dummy-host.localhost
b.) dummy-host2.localhost
inside of 'C:\xampp\htdocs\drupal\sites\'

8. Create 2 databases for 2 drupal sites (e.g. with name dummyhost and dummyhost2) using

9. Open url
a.) http://dummy-host.localhost/
b.) http://dummy-host2.localhost/
and install them as standard drupal installation process (

10. Now Drupal "multisite installation" is done, you should look at
a.) http://dummy-host.localhost/
b.) http://dummy-host2.localhost/
for further installation.

Looking for support? Visit the forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.


Fohsap’s picture

Sometimes this method doesn't work.


Man, this takes forever... Just forget it.

austin881’s picture

I believe your ## Site 2 ## vhost edits are incorrect. Why is the ServerName the same as Site 1?

nuriu’s picture

By URL http://dummy-host.localhost/ opens dummy-host.localhost/xampp /
Do you know why?

cooldeeponline’s picture

Works perfectly fine for me on:

Windows 7 64 bit
XAMPP 1.8.3

Plain and simple.


reli4nt’s picture

For those having trouble there us a simple step that is missing from these otherwise good instructions.

In 'C:/xampp/apache/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf' you will need to uncomment the following line by removing the hash before it:
NameVirtualHost *:80