Laravel Homestead vs XAMPP: What are the differences?
What is Laravel Homestead? The official Laravel local development environment (Vagrant box). Laravel Homestead is an official, pre-packaged Vagrant "box" that provides you a wonderful development environment without requiring you to install PHP, HHVM, a web server, and any other server software on your local machine. Homestead runs on any Windows, Mac, or Linux system, and includes the Nginx web server, PHP 5.6, MySQL, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, and all of the other goodies you need to develop amazing Laravel applications.
What is XAMPP? *A free and open-source cross-platform web server solution stack package *. It consists mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MariaDB database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages.
Laravel Homestead can be classified as a tool in the "Virtual Machine" category, while XAMPP is grouped under "Web Servers".
Laravel Homestead is an open source tool with 3.2K GitHub stars and 1.33K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Laravel Homestead's open source repository on GitHub.