PHP on Windows

PHP does not come pre-installed on Windows systems. To work with PHP on Windows, PHP will need to be manually downloaded and installed.

You can download PHP from the PHP download page at Download the zip package from the "Windows Binaries" section. This guide will assume the PHP version is version 5.x.

Create a folder on your machine for PHP. For example, c:\php. Extract all of the files from the zip file to the c:\php directory.

Copy the file called c:\php\php.ini-recommended to c:\php\php.ini

If you want to be able to see error messages from your PHP pages, open EditRocket and open the php.ini file. Search for the line display_errors, and make sure the value is set to On.

PHP programs can be created using any text editor such as EditRocket. PHP programs and scripts typically end with the .php extension. EditRocket will automatically recognize files with the .php extension as PHP programs, and will color the syntax accordingly.

To create a PHP program, simply create a new file, such as hello.php. In the file, place the following:

 echo "Hello, world!";

The above program can be executed using the EditRocket Tools -> PHP -> Execute Program option, or you can execute it from a command prompt. To execute the script in the command prompt, use the cd command to cd to the directory where the hello.php file was saved, such as

cd C:\Scripts

Then type the following:

C:\php\php.exe hello.php

Hello World! should then be printed to the screen.

For more information about runing PHP programs via a local Apache Web Server on Windows, see the following:

Running PHP with the Apache Web Server on Windows