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my install notes for LimeSurvey on IIS for XP

6 years 10 months ago - 6 years 10 months ago #41084 by stogiesam88
I had a hell of a time getting LimeSurvey up and running (mainly because I didn't know what I was doing). I didn't have any luck with xampp, so I went for IIS. This guide was a good start, but it won't take you from "I have no idea about setting up a web-server with PHP" to a running LS config. So I suggest to follow the linked guide and use my notes if you are having similar troubles. This is not intended to be any kind of official install guide; these are only my notes of what I did to get LS running on my xp system. Hopefully this can save someone time that I already wasted...

Install mysql first, compile/install php second, and install IIS third.

<----> Installing IIS <---->

Control Panel --> Add or Remove Programs --> Add/Remove Windows Components --> check IIS

Complete the install with windows cd via i386 folder

Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> IIS

expand local computer and right-click on websites --> properties

ISAPI Filters: click Add... --> Filter Name = PHP && Executable = C:\php\php5isapi.dll
Home Directory: check Read, check Write, Execute Permissions = Scripts Only, click Configuration --> click Add --> Executable = C:\php\php5isapi.dll && Extension = .php
Documents: click Add... --> Default Document Name = index.php

Apply to the correct websites

<----> Installing IIS <---->

<----> Installing MySQL <---->

(! = you may miss this, so make sure not to)

Choose Custom Install

! Select to install all features and sub-features

! Change install path to C:\mysql

Choose to configure server now. No need to register

Choose detailed configuration

Choose Dedicated MySQL Server Machine (3rd option)

Choose Multifunctional Database

Default install path

Decision Support (DSS)/OLAP

Enable TCP/IP

! Check to add firewall exception

Enable strict mode

Standard character set

Install as win service

! Include bin directory in windows path

Set password to password

Execute the install

Setup LS Schema (below)

<----> Installing MySQL <---->

<----> Setup LS Schema (Database) <---->

cd C:\mysql\bin

mysql -u root -p

Enter mysql root user's password (should be password)


GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON limesurvey.* TO 'limesurveyuser'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'limesurvey';

Exit the command prompt

Open MySQL GUI Admin

Login as root user to localhost

Go to Tools --> Manage Connections

Under General Options, check Store Passwords

Under Connections, make a new connection:
Connection = lsu-connection
Username = limesurveyuser
Password = password
Hostname = localhost
Use the default port
Schema = limesurvey

Exit MySQL GUI Admin

Edit C:\inetpub\wwwroot\limesurvey\config.php to match the correct usernames and passwords. Set $rootDir='C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\limesurvey';

<----> Setup LS Schema (Database) <---->

<----> Compiling PHP <---->

Make sure to do "For MySQL:" (below)

Limesurvey php libraries -
* Minimum 60 MB disk space
* MySQL 4.1.0 or later OR Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or later OR Postgres 8.1 or later
* PHP 5.x or later with the following modules/libraries enabled:
o mbstring (Multibyte String Functions) extension library (see also Installation FAQ)
o mysql5 PHP library (which is standard with hosting providers - if you have setup your own server make sure it is installed)
o sessions - see (external link) (this is also standard)
o pcre (regular expressions) - see (external link) (this is also pretty standard)
* iconv extension library installed (only for PHP 4 versions - needed for Excel export)
* GD-Library with FreeType support installed (for captchas or nice charts in statistics) see GD-Library PHP documentation (external link)
* LDAP-Library installed (to import tokens using LDAP) see PHP LDAP Documentation (external link)
* php_zip (pretty standard) for template upload and import resources Zip archives
* zlib (pretty standard) is needed for the ComfortUpdate - see PHP documentation (external link)

Check bin, lib, & include folders according to's compile faq
Make sure to have: ICU, iconv (libiconv), libxml2, zlib, FreeType, libpng, libjpeg, zlib, & openssl

For MySQL: copy all files from the bin, include, & lib folders in C:\mysql to the respective folders in C:\php\win32build
If you do not see the above folders then you forgot to "Select to install all features and sub-features" when installing mysql
Copy libmysql.lib from C:\mysql\lib\opt to C:\php\win32build\lib

If recompiling, make sure to delete the contents of C:\PHP\src\Release_TS

Add C:\php\win32build\bin to the system path (right-click my computer --> properties --> advanced --> enironment variables --> under system variables, select path, and edit

All Programs --> Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition --> Visual Studio Tools --> Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt

cd C:\PHP\src


configure --enable-mbstring --with-mysql=C:\mysql --with-gd --with-openssl


cd C:\PHP\src\Release_TS

php -v

if it complains about not finding modules for the configured extensions, don't worry- it's not a compile issue

copy the contents of c:\php\src\release_ts to c:\php

from the php source .zip: copy php_mbstring.dll, php_mysql.dll, & php_openssl.dll to C:\php\ext

<----> Compiling PHP <---->

<----> Misc. <---->

edit php.ini
Comment out the "doc_root =" line
Enable your extensions (php_mbstring, etc.)

Set xp security permissions
first, turn-off windows simple file sharing (google this if you don't know how)
right click C:\inetpub\wwwroot\limesurvey and select properties
under the security tab, select internet guest account, and check read and check write. apply

in IIS, set the php settings for home directory, isapi filters, and index.php

For openssl in php, copy libeay32.dll from C:\php\win32build\bin to C:\php

When tweaking your settings, it may be necessary to restart the web service. Just open a command prompt and type iisreset

<----> Misc. <---->
Last Edit: 6 years 10 months ago by stogiesam88.

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6 years 10 months ago #41126 by Mazi
Thanks for your detailled feedback!

Can you please add your notes to the existing "IIS installation instructions" so it is improved and also understndable for the not so techy users!?
Would be great!

If you have any questions about adding stuff to our wiki please let me know and I'll try to help.

Best regards/Beste Grüße,
Dr. Marcel Minke
(Limesurvey Head of Support)
Need Help? We offer professional Limesurvey support
Contact: marcel.minke(at)'"

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6 years 9 months ago #42003 by stogiesam88
updated to the wiki here

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6 years 9 months ago #42004 by holch
Thanks for the information and the inclusion in the wiki.

However, if you are only pretending to use it as a test server (which I assume you do because Windows XP isn't a really server OS), then it can be a lot easier to simply set up XAMPP ( ), which is pretty straight forward.

It installs a test environment with the webserver Apache, MySQL as database as well as PHP.

The databases can be managed via PHPmyAdmin.

All in all probably the easiest way for setting up a test server on your windows machine.

For production I wouldn't recommend this approach though. But I wouldn't recommend IIS either... ;-)

I'm not a LimeSurvey GmbH member. I answer at the LimeSurvey forum in my spare time. No support via private message.
Some helpful links: Manual (EN) | Question Types | Workarounds

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5 years 11 months ago #58544 by harshagile
Thanks for your message.

I have only one query:
I have sql server database and i need to use limesurvey.
So I need to install WAMP or apache for that ?

Please help me on this issue.

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