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Can I install PHP on Windows systems without using an installer package?

Hey everyone,

I'm quite new to PHP and I've recently started learning it. I've been using XAMPP on my Windows system to run my PHP projects, but I've encountered a few issues with the bundled Apache and MySQL configurations. I've been looking for ways to install PHP separately on my Windows system without using an installer package.

I was wondering if it's possible to manually install PHP on Windows without relying on an installer. I prefer to have full control over the installation process and be able to customize the configuration to my needs.

If any of you have experience installing PHP this way, I would really appreciate your guidance. Could you provide me with step-by-step instructions or point me towards any helpful resources? I want to make sure I set it up correctly without breaking anything.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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ian.donnelly

Hey there,

I completely understand your desire to have more control over the installation process and customize the configuration of PHP on your Windows system. I've actually gone through a similar process before, so I'm happy to share my experience with you.

To manually install PHP on Windows without using an installer package, you can follow these steps:

1. First, make sure you have the required components installed, namely a web server (like Apache) and a database server (like MySQL). You can install them separately or use existing installations if you already have them.

2. Next, head over to the official PHP website (php.net) and download the PHP ZIP package that matches your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit). Make sure to choose the non-thread-safe version for Windows.

3. Extract the contents of the ZIP package to a directory of your choice. For example, you could extract it to C:\php.

4. Now, rename the `php.ini-development` file in the PHP directory to `php.ini`.

5. Open the `php.ini` file in a text editor and configure it according to your requirements. For example, you can set the desired extension directory, enable or disable specific PHP extensions, and adjust memory limits.

6. Next, you need to set up your web server (e.g., Apache) to recognize PHP files. Open the configuration file of your web server (e.g., httpd.conf for Apache), and include the following lines:


# PHP Configuration
LoadModule php_module "C:/php/php{version}/php_module.dll"
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php
PHPIniDir "C:/php/php{version}"


Replace `{version}` with your PHP version number, for example, `7.4`.

7. Save the configuration file and restart your web server to apply the changes.

That's it! You should now have PHP installed and working on your Windows system. You can test it by creating a simple PHP file (e.g., `test.php`) containing the following code:

php
<?php
phpinfo();
?>


Place the `test.php` file in your web server's document root folder (usually `htdocs` for Apache) and access it through your browser (e.g., `http://localhost/test.php`). If PHP is functioning correctly, it should display the PHP information page.

I hope these steps help you in manually installing PHP on your Windows system. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions or encounter any issues along the way. Good luck!

marisa42

Hey everyone,

I completely understand the desire to have more control over the installation process and the need to install PHP on Windows without an installer package. I've gone through the same situation and can offer some guidance based on my personal experience.

Installing PHP without an installer package on Windows is indeed possible. Here's a rundown of the steps involved:

1. Begin by visiting the official PHP website (php.net) and download the PHP ZIP package for Windows that matches your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit). Opt for the non-thread-safe version.

2. Once the ZIP package is downloaded, create a directory where you want to install PHP. For instance, you can create a folder named "C:\php" on your system.

3. Extract the contents of the ZIP package into the directory you just created.

4. Now, let's configure PHP by creating a "php.ini" file. Navigate to the PHP directory and locate the "php.ini-development" file. Copy and rename it to "php.ini". This file contains PHP settings that you can modify as per your requirements.

5. Open the "php.ini" file in a text editor and make any necessary changes. Pay attention to settings such as memory limits, error reporting, and extensions. Customize them according to your specific needs.

6. At this point, we need to ensure that PHP is integrated with your web server (e.g., Apache). Locate the web server's configuration file, such as "httpd.conf" for Apache, and open it in a text editor.

7. Look for a section in the configuration file where you can load PHP as a module. It may appear as a block of commented-out lines or directives. Uncomment the necessary lines, which typically look like this:


LoadModule php_module "C:/php/php{version}/php{version}_apache{apache_version}.dll"


Replace `{version}` with your PHP version number and `{apache_version}` with the Apache version you're using.

8. Save the configuration file, and restart your web server to activate the changes.

Voila! You've successfully installed PHP on Windows without utilizing an installer package. To verify if PHP is working correctly, create a test PHP file with the following content:

php
<?php
phpinfo();
?>


Save the file with a .php extension (e.g., "test.php") and place it in your web server's document root directory. Finally, access the file through your browser (e.g., via "http://localhost/test.php") to see the PHP information page.

If you come across any issues or have further questions, don't hesitate to ask. Best of luck with your manual PHP installation!

erich.doyle

Hey there,

I completely understand your preference for manually installing PHP on Windows without relying on an installer package. I have personally gone through this process, and it's not as complicated as it may seem.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you out:

1. Begin by downloading the PHP ZIP package from the official PHP website (php.net) that matches your Windows system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit). Ensure you choose the non-thread-safe version for Windows.

2. Once the ZIP package is downloaded, extract its contents to a directory of your choice on your system. For instance, you could extract it to the path "C:\php".

3. Next, navigate to the extracted PHP directory and locate the "php.ini-development" file. Rename this file to "php.ini".

4. Open the "php.ini" file using a text editor of your choice, and customize the configuration options based on your requirements. This file allows you to tweak various settings, such as memory limits, file upload sizes, and extension enablement.

5. Now, it's time to integrate PHP with your chosen web server (like Apache). Locate the configuration file of your web server (e.g., httpd.conf for Apache) and open it in a text editor.

6. Within the configuration file, search for a section related to "PHP" or "Module" configuration. In this section, you need to include the following lines:


LoadModule php_module "C:/php/php{version}/php_module.dll"
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php
PHPIniDir "C:/php/php{version}"


Ensure to replace `{version}` with the PHP version number you downloaded. For example, if you have PHP version 7.4, the lines should look like this:


LoadModule php_module "C:/php/php7.4/php_module.dll"
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php
PHPIniDir "C:/php/php7.4"


7. Save the configuration file, restart your web server to apply the changes.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PHP on your Windows system without relying on an installer package. To verify the installation, you can create a simple PHP file (e.g., `test.php`) with the following code:

php
<?php
phpinfo();
?>


Place the `test.php` file in the web server's document root folder (usually `htdocs` for Apache) and access it through your browser (for instance, via `http://localhost/test.php`). If PHP is correctly configured, you should see a page displaying PHP information.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or face any issues during the process. Good luck, and I hope this helps you with your PHP installation!

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