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
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.
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:
- IIS 8.0 installation.
- Web Platform Installer installation.
- PHP installation and configuration with Web Platform Installer.
IIS 8.0 Installation
These are steps to activate IIS 8 in Windows 8:
Run Turn Windows features on or off with choose Settings from charms bar, then choose Control Panel.
In Control Panel window, choose Programs.
In Programs and Features, choose Turn Windows features on or off.
Check Internet Information Service and click OK button.
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.
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.
After installation is completed, we can see Web Platform Installer 4.0 window like this picture below.
PHP Installation and Configuration
These are step to install and configure PHP with Web Platform Installer:
In Web Platform Installer window, choose Products tab and search PHP version that we will install.
Click Add button as we can see in picture below.
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 Install button.
Click I Accept button and it will be downloaded item and install them.
After the installation process is complete, click Finish button.
To check whether the installation and configuration are successful, we can test it by following steps:
Create info.php file and type this code below as content.
Copy info.php file to IIS's root folder in
Run Internet Explorer, and type
https://localhost/infor.phpin address bar.
We will see web page like picture below if all installation and configuration are successful.
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