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How to Install PHP 8, 8.1, 8.2 in WINDOWS PC


May 18, 2016

Manual Installation:​

  1. Download the Zip: Visit the PHP for Windows download page and download the ZIP file for PHP 8.1.
  2. Extract the Zip: Extract the Zip file to a directory of your choice, commonly C:\php.
  3. Update the Environment Variables:
    • Right-click on "This PC" or "Computer" on the desktop or in File Explorer.
    • Choose "Properties."
    • Click on "Advanced system settings."
    • Click "Environment Variables."
    • In the "System Variables" section, find the "Path" variable, select it, and click "Edit."
    • Add the path of your PHP installation (e.g., C:\php).
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  1. Configure php.ini:
    • Navigate to your PHP installation directory and find the php.ini-development file.
    • Copy it and rename the copy to php.ini.
    • Edit this new php.ini file in a text editor like Notepad and customize your PHP settings as needed.
  2. Test the Installation: Open a new Command Prompt window and run php -v to see if PHP is installed correctly. You should see the PHP 8.1 version number in the output.

Using XAMPP:​

Another easy way to install PHP 8.1 along with other necessary software like Apache and MySQL is to use XAMPP.

  1. Download XAMPP: Visit the XAMPP download page and download the version that comes with PHP 8.1.
  2. Run the Installer: Open the installer and follow the steps to install XAMPP.
  3. Start the Services: Open the XAMPP Control Panel and start the Apache and MySQL services.
  4. Test the Installation: Open your browser and navigate to http://localhost, or run php -v in the Command Prompt to verify PHP 8.1 is installed.
By following any of these methods, you should have PHP 8.1 up and running on your Windows PC.
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