How To Install PHP In Windows 10

To start programming with PHP is one of the parts of web development skills and installing PHP In on your Windows 10 machine considered as the first step of learning PHP skill using a local machine. Here we discuss the various method to Install PHP In Windows 10 OS.

  • Install PHP in Windows OS using the PHP development environment.
  • Manually install PHP by PHP official file Setup.
How To Install PHP In Windows 10
How To Install PHP In Windows 10

Install PHP in Windows 10 OS using XAMPP

According to my personal experience, on the time of beginner in PHP development, I always prefer XAMPP as my local server to run PHP files and also do project work. XAMPP stands for cross-platform, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl. You also use it for installing and create the site on WordPress offline or on your local server.

Now we check how we install XAMPP in our Windows machine step by step,

First, you have to check your system configuration. To check the configuration right click on This PC or My Computer then click on properties, there you can see like below. In my case,

Windows System properties

Step 1: Then we have to download the EXE file of the XAMPP server from the official site https://www.apachefriends.org/download.html.

Step 2: After completing the download click on the .exe setup file,

XAMPP setup
Install XAMPP

Step 3: Click NEXT and then you can see all the check ticks on all options then click on NEXT.

XAMPP setup 2

Step 4: Now after the above screen we can see the selected path where XAMPP can install. You can also specify the installation path according to your choice by changing the same.

XAMPP setup path

Step 5: Now click next on multiple-step then installation starts automatically and after completing the installing of XAMPP, you can see the XAMPP control panel.

Install PHP In Windows 10
XAMPP Control Panel

Now you can ready with your PHP installation on Windows 10 OS using external PHP development environment XAMPP.

Manually install PHP on Windows by PHP official File Setup

Now we see quickest steps to install PHP on Windows 10 . Noted that there are others ways available out there to install PHP Apache server.

Step 1: Download the PHP files

Get the latest version of PHP Zip package according to your system configuration from here,
https://www.php.net/downloads.php

Step 2: Extract the ZIP

Extract the PHP zip file and create a new directory named PHP and store it on you C: drive.

PHP can be installed any drive on you windows system but for future steps I suggest you to do not change the path.

Step 3: Setting up PHP configuration file php.ini

On the very first time you can not find the php.ini file. so you have to copy C:\php\php.ini-development to C:\php\php.ini

On the same config INI file you have to enable some important PHP extension by removing semi colon (;) from their start.

Open you the php.ini file in your text editor and search for below extension and enable them.

And if you want to send mail using the localhost, you can check Send Mail From Localhost in PHP Using XAMPP.

Step 4: Add PHP location on PATH environment variable

We have to set the our PHP path to environment variable, so OS can find the PHP executable.

To reach environment variable Click on Advance System Setting,

En variable path

Then click on Environment Variable and click on PATH > Edit. Now you can create new variable.

Set up Env Variable windows

Step 5: Setup Apache Module

First check Apache is not running in background then open the file C:\Apache24\conf\httpd.conf and put the below code at last line of the file.

Step 6: Test PHP File

Create a new file named index.php in Apache’s root directory at C:\Apache24\htdocs and write the following PHP code which prints the information about you PHP server.

Now open your browser and write on URL bar http://localhost/index.php or any other file name to run.

Here is the complete step by step process to install PHP in Windows 10 or any the windows version.

If you got any error please let me know on the comment.

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Happy Coding..!

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My name is Bikash Kr. Panda. I own and operate PHPCODER.TECH, my native place in Odisha. I am a Web Programmer by profession and working on more than 50 projects to date. My passion is working on the web-based project using PHP and relate to all CMS and frameworks which is based on PHP.
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5 thoughts on “How To Install PHP In Windows 10

  1. You need to fix Step 6. Those tags shouldn’t have been rendered as text. The index.php file won’t work as intended with them there.

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