Is it possible to install Magento 2 extensions on localhost?

I currently have the latest version 2.2.3 on Windows 10 using XAMPP but when trying to install an extension, it fails due to cron job not running.

  • yes, you can install in localhost. What is the error?? Which extension do you want to install.
    – BornCoder
    Apr 12, 2018 at 15:53
  • @BornCoder it is an extension called 'Slider' which is free: marketplace.magento.com/sy-slider.html - the errors are: i.cubeupload.com/WPGYxN.png - could I manually install it?
    – cz84
    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:51
  • If you want to install this extension manually, follow instructions on their GitHub page : Slider-M2. 2 choices : with composer or by download and copy
    – cap340
    Apr 17, 2018 at 2:40
  • @urbansurfers Thanks, I noticed it yesterday and managed to get it installed
    – cz84
    Apr 17, 2018 at 11:21

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You don't need CronJob to install your extensions in local. (there is no cron on Windows OS anyway).

If you really need a working CronJob, you have to use the Windows Task Scheduler.

Official link here : Windows Start Task Scheduler

  • I've replied to 'BornCoder' above on this issue, it looks like the cron job is stopping it.. if I had PHP errors as the screenshot suggests, surely I wouldn't of been able to install Magento 2 in the first place...
    – cz84
    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:56

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