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What are the recommended methods for installing PHP on Windows?

Hey everyone,

I hope you are doing well. I have recently decided to learn PHP and start coding some websites with it. However, I am facing a slight issue with getting PHP installed on my Windows computer.

I have done some research online, and there seem to be a few different methods available for installing PHP on Windows. I wanted to get some recommendations from the experienced developers in this community regarding the best methods to go about it.

I am using Windows 10 on my machine, so any suggestions specific to this operating system version would be greatly appreciated. Also, if there are any considerations or steps that I should keep in mind during the installation process, please feel free to mention those too.

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions and recommendations. Thank you in advance for your help!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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Hey there,

I've had personal experience with installing PHP on Windows 10, so I can definitely help you out! One of the recommended methods is to use XAMPP. It's a popular package that includes PHP, Apache, MySQL, and other necessary components for web development.

Here's what I usually do to install PHP using XAMPP:

1. First, I visit the Apache Friends website and download the XAMPP installer for Windows 10.
2. After the download completes, I run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. It's straightforward, and you can choose the components you want to install, including PHP.
3. During the installation process, I make sure to select the checkbox for PHP, and optionally for Apache and MySQL if I'll be using them too. This ensures that everything is set up properly.
4. Once the installation is complete, I launch the XAMPP Control Panel and start the Apache and MySQL services.
5. To test if PHP is running correctly, I create a basic PHP file (let's say, test.php) with the following content: `<?php phpinfo(); ?>`. I save it in the folder "C:\xampp\htdocs".
6. Finally, I open my web browser and navigate to "http://localhost/test.php". If PHP is installed correctly, I should see a page displaying all PHP configuration details.

That's it! With XAMPP, you get a pre-configured environment that makes it easy to run PHP scripts locally on your Windows machine.

Remember to adjust the installation steps according to your specific requirements. And if you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

Good luck with your PHP journey!

User 1


Hello fellow developers,

I've been using PHP on Windows 10 for quite some time, and I'd love to share my preferred method for installing PHP. Instead of using XAMPP, I opted for a manual installation, which gives me more control over the components and versions I install.

Here's the process I follow:

1. Firstly, I visit the official PHP website and navigate to the Windows downloads section. From there, I choose the VC15 x64 Non-Thread Safe version that matches my machine's architecture.
2. Once the download is complete, I extract the PHP files to a directory of my choice. For simplicity, let's assume I extract it to "C:\php".
3. Next, I modify the php.ini-development file provided with PHP. I rename it to php.ini and open it in a text editor. Here, I configure PHP according to my needs, like setting the time zone, enabling extensions, and adjusting memory limits.
4. To integrate PHP with Apache, I open the Apache configuration file "httpd.conf". I locate the "LoadModule" section and add the following line: `LoadModule php_module "C:/php/php7apache2_4.dll"`. Then, I find the "AddType" section and include: `AddType application/x-httpd-php .php`.
5. After saving the changes, I restart the Apache service using the XAMPP Control Panel or by using the command prompt if I have Apache installed separately.
6. To verify the installation, I create a PHP file with a simple script (let's say, hello.php) and save it in the web server's document root directory (e.g., "C:\xampp\htdocs" if you are using XAMPP). The contents of the file should be `<?php echo "Hello, PHP!"; ?>`.
7. Finally, I open my web browser and navigate to "http://localhost/hello.php". If everything is set up correctly, I should see the "Hello, PHP!" message displayed.

By opting for a manual installation, I have the flexibility to choose and update PHP versions, extensions, and configurations as needed. However, this method requires a bit more configuration compared to using XAMPP.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have, and I'm happy to assist you further.

Best regards,
User 2

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