Installing a PHP application server

Installing a PHP application server

To run PHP pages, you need the PHP application server, which is open-source software available on the web. Editions of the application server exist for Windows, Linux, UNIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Mac OS X systems. The application server works with the following web servers: Apache, Microsoft IIS, Netscape and Sun ONE servers, and almost all web servers that support the CGI interface.

You can download the PHP application server from the PHP website at With PHP 5, the MySQL extension that allows PHP to work with a MySQL database server is not installed or enabled by default by the Windows installer. You must install and enable it separately. For instructions, see Installing a PHP application server (Windows) in Getting Started with Dreamweaver. For more information on the MySQL extension, see the PHP website at

If you’re a Macintosh user, you can use the PHP application server installed with your operating system. For more information, see the following websites:


For more information on the application server, see the PHP documentation, which you can also download from the PHP website at

After installing the PHP application server, create a root folder for your web application. See Creating a root folder for the application.

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