Why Joomla! 3 Installation Freezes at Creating Database Tables?

During Joomla 3 installation you can face the problem of installation "freezing". It is a common issue for those user who want to make Joomla 3 installation locally using XAMPP and WAMP. The installation process is not stopping, it is running and running forever... Why is it occurs? Because Joomla can't create table in your database. If you are tired of waiting while your Joomla! installation ends, follow our tutorial:

Method № 1

Go to Joomla folder:

Go to wamp\www\your-joomla-folder\installation\sql\mysql and open Joomla.sql file

Find this term in Joomla.sql file:


Replace it with:


MyIsam is more supported and compatible with Joomla.

NOTE: Do also the same with (sample_data.sql) file, if it's quickstart setup.

Method № 2

Open "index.php" file in Joomla installation" folder and add "set_time_limit(3000)" line after "define('_JEXEC',1);"

Method № 3

Open "php.ini" file in /wamp/bin/php/php.ini and change

  • from: max_execution_time = 30
  • to: max_execution_time = 3000

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