Install and configure PHP on IIS 8 in Windows 8

This article describes how to install and configure IIS 8.0 and PHP on Windows 8.

Original product version:   Internet Information Services 8.0, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
Original KB number:   2819022

Problem description

If we want to run web application based on PHP platform, we must ensure our computer has IIS 8.0 as web server and PHP engine. By default, Windows 8 does not have one of them. But user can easily to activate IIS 8.0 feature and install PHP engine in Windows 8.

Solutions

We can activate IIS 8.0 in Windows 8 by using Turn Windows features on or off in Control Panel. And there are two ways to install and configure PHP in Windows 8. First, we can install and configure PHP manually. Second, we can use Web Platform Installer that can install and configure PHP automatically.

How to do

There are three works that we will do in this section:

  1. IIS 8.0 installation.
  2. Web Platform Installer installation.
  3. PHP installation and configuration with Web Platform Installer.

IIS 8.0 Installation

These are steps to activate IIS 8 in Windows 8:

  1. Run Turn Windows features on or off with choose Settings from charms bar, then choose Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel window, choose Programs.

  3. In Programs and Features, choose Turn Windows features on or off.

    Turn windows features on or off

  4. Check Internet Information Service and click OK button.

    Internet information services

After the installation process is complete, we can check whether IIS 8.0 is installed correctly by running Internet Explorer. In the address bar, type <https://localhost>. If successful, we see web page like this picture below.

IIS page

Web Platform Installer Installation

Web Platform Installer is a simple, free tool that automates the installation of Microsoft's entire Web Platform including PHP. We can download it form Web Platform Installer. The name of installer is wpilauncher.exe.

Run wpilauncher.exe and we will see installation status like this picture below.

Web Platform Installer installation status

After installation is completed, we can see Web Platform Installer 4.0 window like this picture below.

Web Platform Installer window

PHP Installation and Configuration

These are step to install and configure PHP with Web Platform Installer:

  1. In Web Platform Installer window, choose Products tab and search PHP version that we will install.

  2. Click Add button as we can see in picture below.

    Click add button

  3. After click Add button, we can see there are two items that will be installed. By click Items to be installed link, we can see list of those items.

    Click items to be installed

  4. Click Install button.

    Click install button

  5. Click I Accept button and it will be downloaded item and install them.

    Click I Accept button

  6. After the installation process is complete, click Finish button.

Testing

To check whether the installation and configuration are successful, we can test it by following steps:

  1. Create info.php file and type this code below as content.

    Type code page

  2. Copy info.php file to IIS's root folder in C:\inetpub\wwwroot.

  3. Run Internet Explorer, and type https://localhost/infor.php in address bar.

  4. We will see web page like picture below if all installation and configuration are successful.

    Php version page

More information

Configuring Step 1: Install IIS and PHP

Community Solutions Content Disclaimer

MICROSOFT CORPORATION AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, OR ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED HEREIN. ALL SUCH INFORMATION AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. MICROSOFT AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT IN NO EVENT SHALL MICROSOFT AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE INFORMATION AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED HEREIN, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF MICROSOFT OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES.