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WAMP XAMPP: Localhost server not working

Problem:

I am unable to start the localhost server (wamp / xampp).

When I type http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1 in Firefox, I get the following error message:-

Unable to connect
Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at localhost.

When I type http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1 in Google Chrome, I get the following error message:-

This webpage is not available
The webpage at http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

Cause:

The main cause for this problem is Skype. If you are logged in to Skype then you will have this problem because Skype uses port 80 as alternatives for incoming connections.

Solution:

– Open Skype
– Go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Connection
– Uncheck ‘Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections
– Sign out, close and restart Skype

Problem solved. Now the wamp or xampp server can be started and you can open and browse through localhost.

Hope this helps. Thanks.

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  • Steven

    I dont have skype installed on my computer and I am still getting this message.

  • Mukund Pehere

    ohh thanks problem solved

  • ghouse Shaik

    Iam unable to start the xampp server in my google chrome browser but the xampp is working in mozilla firefox browser..i also uncheck the option of use port 80 & 443 alternatives in skype but it doesnot works can u please give me the idea how it can works in my google chrome browser…

  • sanjana

    i dont have skype or vmware installed on my laptop and i have changed port to 8080 and 4433… yet i am not able start the amp on chrome

  • sanjana

    i dont have skype or vmware installed on my laptop and i have changed port to 8080 and 4433… yet i am not able start the xampp on chrome.. localhost:8080 is not working