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XAMPP for Windows: https://www.apachefriends.org/index.html
- To modify your php.ini file please see the Mamp documentation. Recommended changes can be see under the Mamp Pro section below.
- To modify your php.ini file, select File -> Edit Template -> PHP -> PHP (version) ini
- See the below defaults and the recommended changes below.
Mamp php.ini defaults
max_execution_time = 30 ; Maximum execution time of each script, in seconds max_input_time = 60 ; Maximum amount of time each script may spend parsing request data memory_limit = 32M ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (8MB) magic_quotes_gpc = On
Mamp php.ini recommendations
max_execution_time = 60 ; Maximum execution time of each script, in seconds max_input_time = 60 ; Maximum amount of time each script may spend parsing request data memory_limit = 256M ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (8MB) magic_quotes_gpc = Off