How to Fix Skype and Xampp Port Conflict
Having Problem Starting your Apache while your Skype is already Online? have you ever encounter a situation when your boss asked you to create/modify a site that you need to use your xampp and it so happend that your apache wont start, easy suggestion was to close your skype and run apache then start skype again but this is not a good idea while talking to you boss via skype and just completely cutting off the communication “not a good idea”
this does not apply to users that set apache and mysql to run as service… and to linux users who run apache outside xampp
lets start… XAMPP is a software package which installs a copy of the Apache Server, Mysql, PHP and Perl onto a Windows computer and allows for local development of PHP and Mysql scripts without the need for uploading onto your Hosting account to test for errors, etc. A really simple to install set of softwares for those who need it. The manual install of all of these softwares can be difficult, but the Installer supplied by XAMPP reduces the difficulty factor down to a single download and essentially a one-click install.
SKYPE is a software which allows using the Internet to make phone calls and also offers a Chat service within the same software package. Works well. For a small fee, you can also have Skype become your phone provider, somehow, I am not exactly certain how it all works but apparently it is cheaper than a land line and works for cell phones, too.
Skype uses PORT 80 on the Computer as a secondary PORT for communicating with the Main Server. Guess which PORT Apache uses??? Right, PORT 80… CONFLICT…
The fix is as simple as firing up Skype, selecting TOOLS > OPTIONS > Connections and un-checking the use of PORT 80 as an alternative port for incoming calls. Then close and re-open Skype. Simple, easy and quick.
So save yourself a bunch of headaches and if you have an Apache Server installed and also want Skype to run along side it, this is the fix…