Yes, it is possible to install and run Koha on a Windows platform. Koha is written in Perl, stores its data in a MySQL database, and is accessed via an Apache webserver. All three of these supporting programs have distributions for Windows and are not hard to install. And they are all available without cost, just like Koha. A Windows install package is available for Koha that installs all the Koha files to the proper locations, installs required Perl modules, and handles necessary basic configuration to be able to run Koha with sample data.
If you are willing to read and follow some simple instructions, it's not very difficult. To be clear, it is not yet as simple as a single install. But it no harder than installing on a Linux box. You need to perform four separate installations as follows:
Detailed instructions are provided for each install. Carefully follow the instructions as you do each install, and you should end up with a working version of Koha running with sample data. Each of the four installs provides an uninstall option. If you evaluate Koha and decide it's not for you, you can uninstall it from your system.
The basic program runs fine on Windows.
However, there is one important feature that doesn't work yet. The Z39.50 client for downloading bibliographic records does not work on Windows. This is due to a required underlying Event module that hasn't been successfully ported to Windows yet. There may be a work-around, but it hasn't been tested. See the 'Want to Help?' section below if you'd like to be the one to test it.
We'd like to make the following improvements to Koha on Windows. Can you help us figure out to do any of the following? If so, please submit the solution to koha-win32 AT lists.sourceforge.net
mklink /D C:\Webserv\Perl\bin\ C:\usr\bin\
(You may need to run it as administrator)
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