Use Joomla! 1.5 on your own computer

From Joomla! Documentation

The "J1.5" namespace is an archived namespace. This page contains information for a Joomla! version which is no longer supported. It exists only as a historical reference, it will not be improved and its content may be incomplete and/or contain broken links.

This is one of a series of documents introducing Joomla! version 1.5. J1.5:Xampp

Download and install Joomla![edit]

Before download and installation[edit]

  • Create a folder for the Joomla installation with a suitable name

Under the XAMPP folder (for example C:\XAMPP\) there is a folder called htdocs (C:\XAMPP\htdocs ). This is the folder under which all content that will be seen on the localhost Web site is located. (There are already files there - such as index.html which displays the logo for XAMPP)

Open the htdocs folder
Create a folder under htdocs to contain the Joomla! files. (It can have any name but Joomla15 is often used for example sites).
Some of the files under C:XAMPP. Here the Joomla! instances are called Joomla15 and development

Download files for Joomla! - this is for Joomla! 1.5[edit]

Download sites: The main Joomla! site http://www.joomla.org/ Download button links to the latest version 1.6

For Joomla!1.5 you need to click the link to download Joomla! 1.5

Or - g directly to the Joomla!1.5 download site - http://www.joomla.org/download.html
Make sure you find the files for version 1.5
Click on the ZIP for the Full Package for the latest version.
Save the file to the Download folder on your computer

Quick and painless. (It will be called a Compressed(zipped) Folder in the Details list in Windows Explorer)

Install the files for Joomla! in the correct folder[edit]

Right-click the downloaded zip file
Choose Extract All

The Extraction Wizard prompts for where you want the files to be located. This is in the folder created above - for example C:\xampp\htdocs\Joomla15

Click Browse to find the folder you have created for the installation of Joonmla! 1.5
Click OK
Check that the 'Files will be extracted to this Directory' box has the right folder displayed.
Click Next
The extraction Wizard at work. Make sure the files go to the right folder.

Progress is indicated by the blue bar. When completed an Extraction Complete screen displays.

Click Finish

The files are now in the right place and you are ready to set Joomla! up for use.

Configure Joomla! and install the sample data[edit]

  • Open the Joomla! site in your browser

If you called the folder for the Joomla! files 'joomla15, then enter the URL in your browser:-


If you called the file something else - then use the name of that file instead of 'joomla15'.

The Joomla! Installation screen displays. Here you are stepped through seven choices in order to set up the site, the database and a few other things. Your progress is indicated to the left of the screen.

1. Select the language and press the Next button
2. Look at the Pre-installation check. There should not be any red items, apart from Display Errors, which can read On. Press Next to continue.
3. Read the GNU General Public License page and press Next
The database configuration screen illustrates the layout of the display and shows the answers for the database configuration here. It also illustrates that there is a fair amount of on-screen help.
4. The database configuration page.
This sets up and configures the database, where all the content for the site is stored.
  • Enter the details into the form:-
Leave database Type as mysql
Host name is localhost
User Name is root
Set a password for the user name for the database. Use something you will remember!
Database name - this is the name of this instance of Joomla! - in the example here use joomla15. If you used a different name - use that here for the database name.
Press Next when all the entries are done
5. Skip the FTP configuration - so press Next
6. Site name and sample data.
In the form:-
Give it a name - such as 'Sample'.
Enter an email
Enter a password - and remember this as it lets you use the site!
The rubric explains why you need this.

The sample data[edit]

Why install the sample data?

  • It is a useful resource
  • It is helpful in showing how a Joomla! site hangs together.
  • You can edit articles
  • You can observe different ways of doing things.
  • It is used in this series of documents

There is some documentation about using this data in the Further information at the end of this document.

If you want both a site with sample data and a site with no data - you can install another instance of Joomla! on the same computer as explained in the last part of this document.

  • Click the button that says - Install Sample Data.
The button will then read 'Sample data installed successfullly'. It is slightly confusing as you might expect it to take longer.
The Main configuration page showing some of the choices, including the selection to install the Sample data


Sometimes there is a message that the database won't connect. The fix - Click Previous and remove the password. Check that the other settings are the same as you originally entered and then continue.

  • Press Next to continue when all is done

The Finish screen has helpful advice.

You need to do one more thing - remove the installation directory. In this example it is at:-


If you try to go on to use the site without doing this, you will be prompted to do it. You are only allowed to continue when it has been deleted.

To use the site and the administration pages[edit]

There are separate web addresses for the main Site and for the administrator Back-end Assuming the site is 'Joomla15':-

  • The site (also known as the Front-end) is http://localhost/joomla15/
  • The administration page - (known also as the Back-end) is http://localhost/joomla15/administrator

If you have used a different name - put that in instead of 'Joomla15'

How to install another instance of Joomla! on localhost[edit]

You can install and configure another instance of Joomla! using a different name. You do not need to download it again as it is already in your download folder.

  • Create a new folder under htdoc - with a different name from the first installation. For example - development
  • Extract the files from the Joomla! download in exactly the same way - but Browse for the new folder name.

Configuring Joomla!

This time:-

Open the Joomla! site - assuming the folder was called is 'development':-
  • The site name is http://localhost/development/
  • The administration page is http://localhost/development/administration

If you have used a different name - put that in instead of 'development'

The set up stages are the same - except that the database will need the name of the site. And do not enter a password for mySQL root if there is a database error.

And - of course - do not install the sample data if you want a clean site.

How to uninstall Joomla! and XAMPP[edit]

You may want to uninstall Joomla! and XAMPP. If you do this - make sure you have copies of anything you may need, such as configuration files.

There are two possibilities.

1. Use the uninstall script[edit]

The easy way - you can use the uninstall script.

  • Find the script:-
(It appears on the Details list in Windows Explorer as a MS-DOS Batch File).
  • Run this script (Double-click on the file name)

This opens a command window and asks if you want the htdocs directory deleted.

  • If you choose 'n' - it does not delete the folders \XAMPP\htdocs and \XAMPP\mysql\data - so you will need to do this yourself.
  • If you choose 'y' - it deletes these folders as well

The services are then stopped and the control panel removed from the desktop. The next message is that it will delete the files. Your response should be y for uninstalling the package.

OR . .
2. Manually delete the files

The installation can be uninstalled by deleting all the files under the \XAMPP\ folder, but there may be errors if you do not stop the services and check that nothing is running first.

  • Stop the services using XAMPP Control Panel
  • Untick the Svr button - so that mySQL and Apache are no longer running as services
  • Ensure that no other file is being used
Highlight the folder name and press Delete

There is also documentation on the XAMPP site about uninstalling.

Where Next?[edit]

You now have a Joomla! site to work with and some documentation to go with it.

Become familiar with Joomla! by altering and adding content.


Further information[edit]

Lorna Scammell December 2010