How to install PHP on Windows server 2022

Setting up a server can be a daunting task, especially when installing languages like PHP. If you want to get a WordPress test server up and running, it is a necessary skill that you have to learn.

Do you have no idea where to start getting PHP on your server? Depending on your individual setup, there are many ways to do it. Where do you download PHP, which version, what do you need to make it work and how do you install PHP on different operating systems?

We answer all of these questions in this PHP installation guide.

Let’s start!

How to install PHP on Windows

If you are using a Windows system, unlike macOS and Linux, you do not have to use the PHP Command line install ( although it’s an option if you want ).

An easy way to install PHP from here is to IIS to activate it and then WebPI to use PHP. After you have started WebPI, you can do it under the tab Products Find. Click on Add with the desired version and then on Install.

You can too Download PHP for Windows and it configures manually so that it works with the IIS. Make sure you take a non-threaded version when using the IIS.

If all of this is too complicated for you, you can instead WampServer or XAMPP install because they bring everything you need to work with a web server: Apache, a database, and of course PHP.

This guide works with most modern Windows operating systems such as Windows 10, 7, and Vista. If you are using an older version of Windows, you should get the documentation for the Installation of legacy windows to look at.

Windows may need a small additional configuration for PHP to work properly, so you should recommend documentation for Windows configuration to look at. You just have to make a few small ini adjustments.