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The PHP Interpreter

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.

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The PHP manual is available at


Prebuilt packages and binaries

Prebuilt packages and binaries can be used to get up and running fast with PHP.

For Windows, the PHP binaries can be obtained from After extracting the archive the

files are ready to use.

For other systems, see the installation chapter.

Building PHP source code

For Windows, see Build your own PHP on Windows.

For a minimal PHP build from Git, you will need autoconf, bison, and re2c. For a default build, you will additionally need libxml2 and libsqlite3.

On Ubuntu, you can install these using:

sudo apt install -y pkg-config build-essential autoconf bison re2c \
                    libxml2-dev libsqlite3-dev

On Fedora, you can install these using:

sudo dnf install re2c bison autoconf make libtool ccache libxml2-devel sqlite-devel

Generate configure:


Configure your build.

is recommended for development, see
./configure --help
for a full list of options.
# For development
./configure --enable-debug
# For production

Build PHP. To speed up the build, specify the maximum number of jobs using

make -j4

The number of jobs should usually match the number of available cores, which can be determined using


Testing PHP source code

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

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 site provides more detailed info about testing and quality assurance.

Installing PHP built from source

After a successful build (and test), PHP may be installed with:

make install

Depending on your permissions and prefix,

make install
may need super user permissions.

PHP extensions

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.


Contributions are most welcome by forking the GitHub repository and sending a pull request.

Discussions are done on GitHub, but depending on the topic can also be relayed to the official PHP developer mailing list [email protected]

New features require an RFC and must be accepted by the developers. See Request for comments - RFC and Voting on PHP features for more information on the process.

Bug fixes do not require an RFC but require a bug tracker ticket. Open a ticket at and reference the bug id using

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 Git workflow for more details on the pull request workflow.

Guidelines for contributors

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.

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