Installing the PHP interpreter on your own computer is a good idea if you don't have an account with a hosting provider, or you just want to experiment with PHP without exposing your programs to the entire Internet. If you're not using a hosting provider and want to install the PHP interpreter on your own computer, follow the instructions in this section. After you've installed the interpreter, you'll be able to run your own PHP programs.
Installing the PHP interpreter is a matter of downloading some files and putting them in the right places on your computer. You must also configure your web server so that it knows about PHP. This section contains instructions on how to do this for computers running Windows, Linux, Unix, and OS X. If you get stuck, check out the installation FAQ at http://www.php.net/manual/faq.installation.
As this section is being written, the final version of PHP 5 is not yet released.
The instructions here are for PHP 4 but should be almost identical for PHP 5. The
only difference may be in the names of some files or packages—for example, a
php5 Debian package instead of
php4.For the latest information, see http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0596005601.
You can install PHP after downloading it from the PHP web site, or you can download a third-party package that integrates PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Installing PHP is a good idea if you already have Apache or MySQL installed, or you want more control over your ...