5 Popular Local Web Dev Environments

If you’re a web developer, you probably do most of your work in test environments. That way, you can test website themes, plugins and code snippets all you want without breaking anything on production systems. The only question is, which local web development tools are the best fit for your needs?

There are a lot of free utilities that bundle Apache, mySQL, phpmyAdmin, etc. all together. This can be a quick way to test something on your local machine. In the article below we have selected best five local web development environments worth your consideration.


XAMPP: Completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.


MAMP: Local server environment in a matter of seconds on OS X or Windows.


WampServer: Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database.


Vagrant: Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments.


Laragon: A great fast and easy way to create an isolated dev environment on Windows. Includes Mysql, PHP Memcached, Redis, Apache, and awesome for working with your Laravel projects.