Download and Install PHP 7.3.0 on Windows

This section describes how to download and install PHP 7.3.0 on Windows systems.

To build a dynamic Website using PHP scripting language, you need download and install PHP engine first. Here is what I did to download and install PHP 7.3.0 on my Windows system:

1. Go to the official Website for PHP at

2. Click the "downloads" links in top menu. You see the download page.

3. Click "Windows downloads". You see the PHP For Windows page.

3. Click the "Zip" link under "VC15 x64 Thread Safe (2018-Dec-06 04:31:24)" to start downloading.

4. Save the downloaded file,, 25,330,302 bytes, in a temporary directory.

5. Create a new directory called \local\php and unzip in that directory.

6. Open a command window to test the installation:

C:\herong> \local\php\php -version

PHP 7.3.0 (cli) (built: Dec  6 2018 01:54:19) 
   (ZTS MSVC15 (Visual C++ 2017) x64)
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.3.0-dev, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies

Cool, PHP has been installed on my Windows system now.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

PHP Installation on Windows Systems

Download and Install PHP 7.3.0 on Windows

 Running PHP Scripts

 Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 charset="*" - Encodings on Chinese Web Pages

 Chinese Characters in PHP String Literals

 Multibyte String Functions in UTF-8 Encoding

 Input Text Data from Web Forms

 Input Chinese Text Data from Web Forms

 MySQL - Installation on Windows

 MySQL - Connecting PHP to Database

 MySQL - Character Set and Encoding

 MySQL - Sending Non-ASCII Text to MySQL

 Retrieving Chinese Text from Database to Web Pages

 Input Chinese Text Data to MySQL Database

 Chinese Text Encoding Conversion and Corruptions

 Archived Tutorials


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