Ubuntu: Ubuntu 16.04 - How to start xampp control panel


How can I start xampp? After the installation there was no shortcut created on the desctop, now I am unable to find it. I am using the latest XAMPP for Linux 5.6.30, 7.0.15 & 7.1.1

The panel started right after the installation, but I am unable to find out how to start the panel after I closed it.

I read in some other topic to execute this command:

sudo /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel   

But this fails with:

 sudo /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel   Traceback (most recent call last):    File "xampp-control-panel.py", line 18, in <module>      import gtk  ImportError: No module named gtk  

I also tried to search for xampp, but nothing relevant found:

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I also tried to start xampp from the terminal like this:

root@ubuntu:/opt/lampp$ ./xampp panel

But then the xampp help page shows in the terminal and no GUI is starting:

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First of all you need to install gksu with the following command:

sudo apt-get install gksu  

Then, run:

gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/xampp-control-panel.desktop  

and save the following code in the file.

(You are using 64 bit system so there is no need to change anything, simply do copy paste)

[Desktop Entry]  Encoding=UTF-8  Name=XAMPP Control Panel  Comment=Start and Stop XAMPP  Exec=gksudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run  Icon=/opt/lampp/htdocs/favicon.ico  Categories=Application  Type=Application  Terminal=false  

Note: For 32 bit xampp type "manager-linux.run" at place of "manager-linux-x64.run"

Run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get update  

Now check applications, its icon has been created.

It will not create icon on desktop, it will create a entry in applications search as shown in the screenshot.

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I have checked your directory it is correct, but some folders of xampp are missing. Check mine and compare.

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To uninstall your current xampp

Copy paste below commands in terminal and hit enter button.

sudo -i  cd /opt/lampp  sudo ./uninstall   

To install XAMPP

Search `xampp-linux-x64-5.6.30-0-installer.run` in Google and download it. Then run:    chmod +x xampp-linux-x64-5.6.30-0-installer.run  sudo ./xampp-linux-x64-5.6.30-0-installer.run  

Check if the following command runs or not:

sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start  

also check in this way if it works or not:

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In this post I explained how shortcuts actually works

Firstly gksu should be installed in Ubuntu. Run the following command to confirm if it is installed, and it will install it if it isn't already:

sudo apt-get install gksu  

Do the same as seen in the screenshots. All the shortcuts are present in applications folder. So you have to create file of shortcut in its directory. (do not forget to save)

Put the following text in /usr/share/applications/xampp-control-panel.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]  Encoding=UTF-8  Name=XAMPP Control Panel  Comment=Start and Stop XAMPP  Exec=gksudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run  Icon=/opt/lampp/htdocs/favicon.ico  Categories=Application  Type=Application  Terminal=false  

Now go to /usr/share/applications and check if the entry is created or not:

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The extension of shortcut or icons is .desktop.

If there is already of shortcut of XAMPP present in this folder then you can also edit its code instead of creating new file, by knowing its name as shown below:

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Now suppose that you want to edit code of sol.desktop run the following command:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/sol.desktop  


sudo apt-get update  


You can use one of the commands below.

  • If you use a 32-bit system:

    sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux.run  
  • If you use a 64-bit system:

    sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run  


Your missing a module that python requires, gtk. GTK is used to draw the GUI.

This command might do the trick:

sudo apt install python-gtk2  

When it's done try to launch it again with:

sudo /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel   


Follow the below steps:

  1. Install gnome-panel to be able to create launcher:

    sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

  2. Run the below command to execute the Create Launcher Application:

    gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Programs/Launchers --create-new

  3. The "create launcher" window pops up and select “Application” as the Type.

  4. Enter for example “XAMPP starter” as the Name.

  5. Enter “sudo /opt/lampp/lampp start” into the Command Box.

  6. Press ok.


To create a launcher on the Desktop:

1) You need gksu so if you don't have it yet, run in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gksu  

2) Run gedit (or any other text editor) and then enter the info below:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open  [Desktop Entry]  Version=1.0  Type=Application  Terminal=false  Icon[en_US]=/opt/lampp/htdocs/favicon.ico  Name[en_US]=XAMPP  Exec=gksu /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run  Comment[en_US]=Start XAMPP Control Panel  Name=XAMPP  Comment=Start XAMPP Control Panel  Icon=/opt/lampp/htdocs/favicon.ico  Save the file on your Desktop as Xampp.desktop  

3) Once the shortcut is on the Desktop, right-click on it, go to Properties, Permissions tab, and check "Allow executing file as program".

The above creates a shortcut for XAMPP Control Panel.

In case you want to run from your terminal type:

sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run


You can make a shell script also.

Open vim editor

vim Xampp.sh  

Then go to insert mode by pressing i and enter the following code

#Shell Script For Launching Xampp Control Panel  cd /opt/lampp  sudo ./manager-linux-x64.run  cd   

If you are running a 32-bit version then copy the following code:

#Shell Script For Launching Xampp Control Panel  cd /opt/lampp  sudo ./manager-linux.run  cd  

Save the code by pressing ESC and writing:


This will save the code and exit the vim editor.

Change permissions of the shell script by issuing the following command:

chmod 775 Xammp.sh  

Now you're done.

Simply run the shell script by using the following command:


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