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How to add Python onto a xampp installation.

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Configuring the server

In the httpd.conf file for your apache installation (part of xampp) add the following all the way at the bottom. In my case the httpd.conf can be found here: C:\xampp\apache\conf

httpd.conf
#
# For Python
#
AddHandler cgi-script .py
ScriptInterpreterSource Registry-Strict

or append “.py” to the existing Addhandler command where it is:

httpd.conf
AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl .asp .py

Configuring the python script

Then in the top of the python script on your server, it already knows it should be python, but it doesn’t know yet where the python program is. So as the very first line in your python scripts on the server you have to say where python is installed. In my case that looks like this:

#!C:/Python27/python.exe

or,

#!/Python27/python

as opposed to:

#!/usr/bin/python2.5 -u

Enabling index.py

Of course it’s nice to have index.py files work just like index.php ones as well. So I added index.py to the following bit in the httpd.conf

httpd.conf
#
# DirectoryIndex: sets the file that Apache will serve if a directory
# is requested.
#
<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.php index.php4 index.php3 index.cgi index.pl index.html index.htm index.shtml index.phtml index.py
</IfModule>

or update the local directory's .htaccess file:

.htaccess
DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.py
xampp.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/21 00:04 (external edit)