WTServer - portable Nginx MariaDB Redis Php development stack for Windows
A portable, preconfigured, lightweight, fast and stable server stack for developing php mysql applications on windows, based on the excellent webserver Nginx. A lighter alternative to XAMPP and WAMP.
Current Package contains:
- Nginx 1.11.4 web server
- MariaDB 10.1.17 database server, mysql replacement (32/64bit)
- Redis 3.2 Cache/NoSql, memcached alternative (64bit)
- Php 5.6.26 & PHP 7.0.11 scripting language (32/64bit)
- WinSCP SFTP client
- MSmtp sendmail smtp client wrapper
- Composer dependency manager for php
- Adminer web based database manager
- Reg.php regular expressions tester
- WTServer Manager (32/64bit), formerly known as wt-nmp
- PORTABLE: you can move it to a different location, configuration files are updated automatically
- Easy to upgrade! Backups, configuration files, database data, included libraries and projects are persistent during upgrades (not overwritten)
- A single installer for both x86 and x64 systems, with 32bit and 64bit versions of MariaDB, PHP and WTServer Manager
- Lightning-fast web server. Optimized for best performance
- Command line tools: mysql client, php console, composer, putty
- For easy access, all configuration files are stored in one place: WTServer\conf and all log files are stored in one folder: WTServer\log
- Multiple PHP Versions and version switcher. Dynamic number of php-cgi processes
- The server manager runs minimized in the system tray and monitors, logs and restarts crashed servers
- Project setup, Local Virtual Servers for projects, Upload, Sync and Browse with WinSCP
- Optional database daily backups can be enabled with --backup. Up to 7 backup files will be created per database per weekday
Installing & Upgrading:
WTServer Manager command line arguments:
D:/Work/bin/WTServer.exe --debug --backup --phpCgiServers=2
- -d --debug Display debug messages
- -s --startServers Starts all the servers in background and minimizes to systray
- -k --killAll Kills all running servers and exits
- -b --backup Enables automatic daily backups
- -l --latestPhp Forces the use of the latest PHP version
- -p=n --phpCgiServers=n Forces the number of PHP-CGI Servers, between 1 and 99
- -j --hideProjects Hides Projects list at startup
- -n --noUpdates Disables weekly Update checks
- -w --wwwDir="c:\Dir" Custom WWW folder path for projects
WTServer is portable, but it is better if you run the installer once on each new machine:
- The installer fixes some windows networking issues that will make Nginx super fast and also allows faster connections to the Mysql server. Also installs Visual C++ Redistributable required by PHP
- The installer registers php, mysql and composer executables to PATH. If you move WTServer, those executables won`t be available globally anymore.
- So, if you need to copy/clone WTServer to a new machine, you should run the installer once, then overwrite the folder with the cloned folder
- Nginx: One of the reasons Nginx is so fast, it`s because it does not process .htaccess files. Therefore URL Rewriting and User Access must be set in nginx.conf.
- Redis is available only on 64bit systems
- PHP is configured in a very restrictive way, like on most hosting providers. Comment out
open_basedir in conf/php.ini, if you need a more permissive PHP configuration.
- PHP Extensions: most of them are disabled by default, enable them in conf/php.ini (see src/defaults/php.ini for opcache, xdebug, xcache)
- PHP MySql extension is disabled by default and is deprecated as of PHP 5.5.0, and will be removed in the future. Instead, the MySQLi or PDO_MySQL extension should be used. If you really want to enable mysql extension, add or uncomment in conf/php.ini:
extension = php_mysql.dll
- PHP: Starting only one PHP-CGI server with WTServer.exe --phpCgiServers=1 will result in slow ajax requests since Nginx will not be able to process PHP scripts simultaneous.
- WTServer Manager mimics php-fpm process manager from Linux, and restarts crashed process, but it`s not optimized for performance or redundancy.