Downloading and Installing PHP Documentation

This section provides a tutorial example on how to download and install PHP documentation in HTML format.

To help learning the PHP language and built-in extensions, we should also download the PHP documentation:

1. Go to and download the "tar.gz" format of the "English" and "Many HTML files" version. You will get a file called "php_manual_en.tar.gz" of 11,269,511 bytes.

2. Unzip "php_manual_en.tar.gz" to \php\html folder.

3. Open \php\html\index.html in a Web browser and bookmark it.

PHP Documentation - HTML Version
PHP Documentation - HTML Version

Table of Contents

 About This Book

Introduction and Installation of PHP 7.3

 What Is PHP

 Downloading and Installing PHP 7.3 for Windows

 "php -help" - Command Line Options

 "php -m" - Built-in Modules

 "php -i" - PHP Engine Information

 php.ini - PHP Runtime Configuration

 Hello.php - My First PHP Script

 "php -a" - PHP Interactive Shell

Downloading and Installing PHP Documentation

 PHP Script File Syntax

 PHP Data Types and Data Literals

 Variables, References, and Constants

 Expressions, Operations and Type Conversions

 Conditional Statements - "if" and "switch"

 Loop Statements - "while", "for", and "do ... while"

 Function Declaration, Arguments, and Return Values

 Arrays - Ordered Maps

 Interface with Operating System

 Introduction of Class and Object

 Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 Retrieving Information from HTTP Requests

 Creating and Managing Sessions in PHP Scripts

 Sending and Receiving Cookies in PHP Scripts

 Controlling HTTP Response Header Lines in PHP Scripts

 Managing File Upload

 MySQL Server Connection and Access Functions

 Functions to Manage Directories, Files and Images

 SOAP Extension Function and Calling Web Services

 SOAP Server Functions and Examples

 Localization Overview of Web Applications

 Using Non-ASCII Characters in HTML Documents

 Using Non-ASCII Characters as PHP Script String Literals

 Receiving Non-ASCII Characters from Input Forms

 "mbstring" Extension and Non-ASCII Encoding Management

 Managing Non-ASCII Character Strings with MySQL Servers

 Parsing and Managing HTML Documents

 Configuring and Sending out Emails

 Image and Picture Processing

 Managing ZIP Archive Files

 Managing PHP Engine and Modules on macOS

 Managing PHP Engine and Modules on CentOS

 Outdated Tutorials


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