PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world. PHP is distributed under the PHP License v3.01.
The PHP manual is available at php.net/docs.
Prebuilt packages and binaries can be used to get up and running fast with PHP.
For Windows, the PHP binaries can be obtained from windows.php.net. After extracting the archive the *.exe files are ready to use.
For other systems, see the installation chapter.
For Windows, see Build your own PHP on Windows.
PHP uses autotools on Unix systems to configure the build:
./buildconf ./configure [options]
See ./configure -h for configuration options.
See make -h for make options.
The -j option shall set the maximum number of jobs make can use for the build:
Shall run make with a maximum of 4 concurrent jobs: Generally the maximum number of jobs should not exceed the number of cores available.
PHP ships with an extensive test suite, the command make test is used after successful compilation of the sources to run this test suite.
It is possible to run tests using multiple cores by setting -jN in TEST_PHP_ARGS:
make TEST_PHP_ARGS=-j4 test
Shall run make test with a maximum of 4 concurrent jobs: Generally the maximum number of jobs should not exceed the number of cores available.
The qa.php.net site provides more detailed info about testing and quality assurance.
After a successful build (and test), PHP may be installed with:
Depending on your permissions and prefix, make install may need super user permissions.
Extensions provide additional functionality on top of PHP. PHP consists of many essential bundled extensions. Additional extensions can be found in the PHP Extension Community Library – PECL.
Discussions are done on GitHub, but depending on the topic can also be relayed to the official PHP developer mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bug fixes do not require an RFC but require a bug tracker ticket. Open a ticket at bugs.php.net and reference the bug id using #NNNNNN.
Fix #55371: get_magic_quotes_gpc() throws deprecation warning After removing magic quotes, the get_magic_quotes_gpc function caused a deprecated warning. get_magic_quotes_gpc can be used to detect the magic_quotes behavior and therefore should not raise a warning at any time. The patch removes this warning.
See further documents in the repository for more information on how to contribute:
For the list of people who’ve put work into PHP, please see the PHP credits page.