Installing PHP on Windows

Step 1 - Download PHP

Head to the PHP page and download the current stable Zip version for your Operating System.

Here's the link : PHP

Step 2 - Copy and configure PHP

Unpack/extract the zip file or content into a folder (Example: “C:\php”) on a drive on your system.

Simple paths make for easily finding your files, try not put your projects or binaries in difficult to find locations

Once the files have been extracted, you will need to go into the folder and create a configuration file.

Configure the “php.ini” file:

  1. Go to the folder where you extracted PHP.
  2. Rename file named “php.ini-development” to “php.ini”.
  3. Open php.ini file by opening it with Notepad or IDE tool

Find the following extensions and remove the semicolon in front of the word extension:


Press Ctrl+S or save changes you just made to “php.ini” file.

Step 3 - Edit environment path variable

After you have made changes to the configuration file, you must add the PHP folder in your systems environment variable table.

Add path environment variable:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Go to System
  • Go to Advanced system settings
  • Click on Browse, locate the PHP folder you extracted. Click OK and then click Ok again to close the “Edit environment variable” window.
  • Go to Environment variable
  • Look for “Path” in the “Variable” column and click Edit.
  • Add the path where you extracted your PHP installation to either by browsing or by typing it in.

Step 4 - Confirm installation

After this you can confirm if the installation successful by opening your command terminal (e.g. Command Prompt or terminal in your IDE tool) and typing in “php -v” and pushing Enter. The PHP version and details will appear in the terminal.

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