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Configuring Apache and PHP for Windows

By Sergey Skudaev

Here you will learn about Apache installation and configuration, PHP installation and configuration, MySQL installation, how to Configure Apache Server for PHP, how to edit httpd.conf file, how to edit php.ini file.

Download Apache web server for Windows from www.apache.org

Download PHP for Windows from  www.php.net

Download MySQL for Windows from  www.mysql.com

All software are free and we take it for granted, but some one did hard work to develop it.

When you will install Apache Web Server, by default it will be installed in "C:/Program Files" directory. During installation you have to change path to install Apache in "C:\Apache" or in "C:\Apache2" directory.

Download PHP from http://windows.php.net/download VC6 Versions should be used with Apache. Do NOT use VC9 version with apache.org binaries. The highest VC6 PHP version is 5.2.17

To install PHP unzip PHP distributable zip file in "C:\php" directory.

Install MySQL in "C;\mysql" directory. During installation change default directory "C:\Program Files" to "C:\mysql".

Configure Apache httpd.conf file, which is located in conf directory.
On my PC it is "C:\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf"


For Apache 2.x version and PHP 4.x.x version add this text in httpd.conf file:

LoadModule php4_module c:/php/php4apache2.dll
ScriptAlias /php/ "c:/php/"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .html .phtml
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php4
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var index.php

Copy php4apache2.dll in C:\php directory. Copy php4apache2.dll and php4ts.dll in Windows/system directory or in WINT/system32 directory.

Edit php.ini.dist file in C:\php directory

Find the text:

; Directory in which the loadable extensions (modules) reside.
extension_dir = "./"

and set it to your extension directory. On my PC it is:

extension_dir = "C:\php\extensions"

Find:

;upload_tmp_dir =

and type directory to which your user will be permitted to upload files. On my PC it is:

upload_tmp_dir = "c:\Apache2\htdocs\catalog\upload"

Rename php.ini.dist file to php.ini and copy it to Windows\system or WINT\system32 directory

For Apache2 and PHP5 add to httpd.conf file the following lines:

LoadModule php5_module c:/php/php5apache2.dll
ScriptAlias /php/ "c:/php/"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .html .phtml
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php5
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var index.php

Copy php5apache2.dll in C:\php directory. Copy php5apache2.dll and php5ts.dll and libmysql.dll in Windows/system directory or WINT/system32 directory.

If you use Apache 2.2 you may have error:

httpd.exe: Syntak error on line 118 of C:/Apache2/conf/httpd.conf:
Cannot load C://php/php5apache2.dll into server: The specified module could not be found.

In this case you have change load module line in httpd.conf:

LoadModule php5_module c:/php/php5apache2_2.dll
It is enough for me. I have professional Windows XP SP2. If it is not enough for you then download additional dll:php5apache2_2.dll_ from link below

See additional informtion in http://forum.vingrad.ru/topic-100737.html

0n 05/09/12 I installed Apache and PHP on Windows 7

I downloaded Apache 2.2.22 and PHP 5.2 (5.2.17) VC6 x86 Thread Safe (2011-Mar-22 13:29:30)

While installation of Apache I changed installation directory from "C:\Program Files (x86)\" to "C:\Apache2.2\".

Then I download PHP Zip[10.06MB] package and extracted it to "C:\php" directory. I copied php.ini to "C:\Windows\System32" directory and copied php5ts.dll in "C:\Apache2.2/bin" directory and to httpd.conf I added the following lines:

LoadModule php5_module c:/php/php5apache2_2.dll
ScriptAlias /php/ "c:/php/"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .html .phtml
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php4
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var index.php

Restarted computer and everything was working!

Edit php.ini.dist file in C:\php directory

Find the line:

; Directory in which the loadable extensions (modules) reside.
extension_dir = "./"

and set it to your extension directory. On my PC it is:

extension_dir = "C:\php\ext"

Find the line:

;upload_tmp_dir =

Type directory to which your user will be permitted to upload files.

On my PC it is:

upload_tmp_dir = "c:\Apache2\htdocs\catalog\upload"

Uncomment

# php.MySQL.dll

If you want to use short open php tag like "<?" instead of "<?php" Set "short_open_tag" to On.

short_open_tag = On

By default it is set to Off in PHP.INI file. It is recommended, however, to user "<?php" tag just in case if hosting server does not support short open tag.

Make sure that following extentions are uncommented in PHP.INI file


extension=php_curl.dll
extension=php_gd2.dll
extension=php_gettext.dll
extension=php_imap.dll
extension=php_mbstring.dll
extension=php_mcrypt.dll
extension=php_mysql.dll
extension=php_mysqli.dll
extension=php_pdo.dll
extension=php_pdo_mysql.dll
extension=php_pdo_sqlite.dll
extension=php_xmlrpc.dll
extension=php_zip.dll

Rename php.ini.dist file to php.ini and copy it to Windows\system or WINT\system32 directory

For testing configuration regardless of PHP version create a test directory in C:\Apache2\htdocs directory.

Open notepad and type a php script:

<?php

phpinfo();

?>

Save file as phpInfo.php in the test directory.

Start Apache web server from Windows start up menu.

Open you Internet Explorer and type in the following URL address:

http:/localhost/

If Apache installed and configured correctly, Apache home page displays.

To test php installation and configuration, type the following URL address in Internet Explorer:

http:/localhost/test/phpinfo.php

Click Go button. If installation is correct, you will see a long text with information about your Windows, Apache, and PHP setup.

Each time after you modify PHP.INI file, you have to restart Apache so that the changes take affect.

PHP links:

www.sitepoint.com

www.codetoad.com

www.phpfreaks.com

www.devx.com

www.phpbuilder.com

www.zend.com

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John Smith
Thanks for the article
7th January 2016 9:10pm
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