Installing Magento on your local machine using WAMP can be a great way to develop and test your Magento e-commerce projects. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started.

Installation Steps

  1. Download Magento: Get the Magento Community Edition from Magento’s official download page.
  2. Extract Magento Files: Unzip the downloaded Magento file into the WAMP server’s WWW directory, typically located at C:\wamp\www.
  3. Start WAMP Server: Ensure WAMP server is running and all services are green.
  4. Create a Database: Open your browser, navigate to localhost/phpmyadmin, and create a new database. In this guide, we will name it ‘Magento’.
  5. Begin Installation: Go to localhost/Magento in your browser to start the Magento installation wizard.
  6. Agree to Terms: Click “I agree” to the terms and conditions, then click “Continue”.
  7. Fix PHP Extensions: If prompted about missing PHP extensions like ‘PHP Extension Curl’, modify your php.ini file:
    • Increase max_execution_time to 1600 and max_input_time to 1200.
    • Uncomment extension=php_curl.dll.
    • Restart WAMP server after saving changes.
  8. Database Configuration: Input your database details:
    • Hostname: localhost
    • Database Name: Magento
    • Username: root
    • Password: (leave blank)
    • Table Prefix: (leave blank if not required)
  9. Base URL and Admin Path: Set Base URL to http://localhost/magento and choose an admin path (e.g., admin). Check “Skip Base URL validation before next step”.
  10. Complete Configuration: Follow the wizard to finish the configuration. It may take some time.
  11. Admin Account: Create an admin account and make a note of the encryption key provided at the end of the setup.
  12. Access Admin Panel: Once installation is complete, you can access the Magento backend by navigating to the admin URL you configured.

System Requirements & Software Needed

Operating Systems:

  • Linux x86, x86-64

Web Servers:

  • Apache 1.3.x, 2.0.x, 2.2.x
  • Nginx (from Magento 1.7 Community and 1.12 Enterprise)

Supported Browsers:

  • IE 7+, Firefox 3.5+, Safari 5+ (Mac only), Google Chrome 7+

PHP Compatibility:

  • PHP 5.4 supported natively by Magento CE 1.9 and later
  • Required extensions: PDO_MySQL, Simplexml, Mcrypt, Hash, GD, DOM, Iconv, Curl, SOAP


  • CE (all versions): MySQL 4.1.20 or later

Redis NoSQL (optional):

  • redis-server version 2.6.9 or later
  • phpredis version 2.2.2 or later


  • A valid security certificate for HTTPS. Self-signed SSL certificates are not supported.

Server – Hosting – Setup:

  • Ability to run scheduled jobs (crontab) with PHP 5
  • Ability to override options in .htaccess files

By following these steps and ensuring your system meets the requirements, you can successfully install and run Magento on a WAMP server, providing a robust environment for developing and testing Magento websites.

Seamedia E-commerce Solutions is a Magento/Adobecommerce development agency based in Calicut, Kerala, India. If you are looking for a Magento expert to develop your project please contact us.