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Installing PHP5.2.8 on Apache 2.2.11


Operating system used
Windows Vista Home Premium SP 1

Software prerequisites
Apache 2.2.11

  1. Download and unzip
    e.g.: C:\Tools\php-5.2.8-Win32

  2. Set System environment variable: PATH:..;c:\tools\php-5.2.8-Win32

  3. Copy file C:\Tools\php-5.2.8-Win32\php.ini-recommended

  4. Edit file c:\WINDOWS\php.ini, change the following line:

    doc_root = C:\mobilefish_web
    extension_dir = "c:\tools\php-5.2.8-Win32\ext"

  5. Configure Apache by editing C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf:

    • In this example PHP will be run as a module in Apache and not as a CGI library. Add the following line after all the LoadModule statements:
      LoadModule php5_module "c:/tools/php-5.2.8-Win32/php5apache2_2.dll"

    • Add index.php in the DirectoryIndex directive:
      DirectoryIndex index.html index.shtm index.htm index.php

    • Add the following line after all the AddType statements:
      AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

    View the updated httpd.conf file.

  6. Restart Apache.

  7. To test the PHP installation, create a file phpinfo.php with the following line:

    <?php phpinfo(); ?>

    Save this file into your Apache htdocs directory, e.g.: C:\mobilefish_web and type:

    You should see something like this: