Downloading and Installing PHP 7.3 for Windows

This section provides a tutorial example on how to download and install the PHP engine 7.0 on a Windows system.

1. Go to and download the ""VC15 x64 Thread Safe (2018-Dec-06 04:31:24)" binary version for Windows. You will get a file called "php-7.3.0-Win32-VC15-x64" of 21,846,474 bytes.

2. Unzip "php-7.3.0-Win32-VC15-x64" to \php folder.

3. Open a command window, and try the following commands:

herong> \php\php -v

4. If see an error message saying: "The program can't start because VCRUNTIME150.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.", you need to install "Visual Studio 2015 x86".

5. Open a command window, and try the following commands again:

herong> \php\php -v

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, both Command Line Interface (CLI) and Common Gateway Interface (CGI) of PHP are working!

Table of Contents

 About This Book

Introduction and Installation of PHP

 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

 Archived Tutorials


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