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Multi-site on Windows - using XAMPP

Last updated on
September 8, 2016 - 12:27

My setup

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. Download XAMPP and install it at 'C:\xampp' (and NOT at 'C:\Program Files\xampp\' or similar!).
  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

    If the file contains NameVirtualHost *:80 with a leading "#", remove the hash ("#").

  4. Restart/reload 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 recommended Drupal 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 (http://drupal.org/documentation/install).
  10. Now Drupal "multisite installation" is done, you should look at
    a.) http://dummy-host.localhost/
    b.) http://dummy-host2.localhost/
    for further installation.