I am having trouble finding out how to start the expanded GUI. I have found a tutorial on how to start this one sudo /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel
mini xampp gui
But I am not able to find out how to start this one maxed xampp gui

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The primary answer didn't work for me until I did something from followed of this example which states:

I believe that you want to add a GUI xampp control panel. To add a GUI xampp control panel see below.

Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo gedit ~/.local/share/applications/xampp-control-panel.desktop

When the text editor opens simply paste the following, close and save.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Start and Stop XAMPP
Name=XAMPP Control Panel
Exec=sudo -i python /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel.py
Icon=/usr/share/icons/Humanity/devices/24/network-wired.svg
Encoding=UTF-8
Terminal=false
Name=XAMPP Control Panel
Comment=Start and Stop XAMPP
Type=Application
Icon=/usr/share/icons/Humanity/devices/24/network-wired.svg

If you have a problem with executing the program, install gksu, and in the forth line, replace sudo -i with gksudo. Below is how to

install gksu if not installed, since it has been removed from 13.04.

sudo apt-get install gksu

Look for xampp control panel in dash

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and Xampp 5.6.3.Then I was able to use what the primary answerer posted. This is the code quote from Kyusuf Muhammad:

You can use the command below if you use 32 system :

sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux.run

if you use 64 system:

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

You can use the command below

if you use 32 system :

sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux.run

if you use 64 system :

sudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run
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    You got my upvote. – HelpNeeder Nov 29 '14 at 8:28
  • So easy - Mine upvote too :) – linusg Aug 8 '16 at 18:23
  • It seems this file is removed in newer versions. Mine is XAMPP for Linux 5.6.24 and there's no manager-linux-x64.run in my /opt/lampp/ folder – DummyBeginner Sep 16 '16 at 18:33

Two important notes to the advice given by @HelpNeeder: there should be a quote around the code the executable, and the image for the default icon for Xampp icon is accessible as /opt/lampp/htdocs/dashboard/images/xampp-logo.svg. Copy it into folder /usr/share/icons/Humanity/devices/24/

Thus, the final advice is to open a new terminal, run

sudo gedit ~/.local/share/applications/xampp-control-panel.desktop

and save the following in the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Start and Stop XAMPP
Name=XAMPP Control Panel
Exec=gksudo /opt/lampp/manager-linux-x64.run
Icon="/usr/share/icons/Humanity/devices/24/xampp-logo.svg"
Encoding=UTF-8
Terminal=false
Name=XAMPP Control Panel
Comment=Start and Stop XAMPP
Type=Application

This works for me:

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/xampp-control-panel.desktop

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

You have to install the package gksu.

The fastest way to spit out the GUI is to use the following codes. One after the other.

cd /opt/lampp
sudo ./manager-linux.run (or manager-linux-x64.run)

Snapshot of the terminal

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    That's nearly the same as this answer except that yours uses an additional cd command instead of executing the program directly by its absolute path. – David Foerster Jul 11 '16 at 19:06

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