As discussed earlier, PHP is a server-side scripting language and needs a server to execute. We can either purchase a server online to test our code or we can setup a local development environment for PHP on our Windows/Linux/Mac OS system for free.
Let’s start with setting up local development on Linux based systems, here I’m using an example of an Ubuntu system –
Install LAMP in Ubuntu (PHP Environment Setup)
We’ll be setting up a LAMP stack on our Ubuntu based system. LAMP is a basically a collection of Apache, PHP and MySQL which we’ll require to execute our dynamic PHP based websites.
– Open your terminal
– Execute the following command to make sure your index is upto date
Instead of installing each component separately, we can install complete LAMP stack using Tasksel.
– Install Tasksel if not already installed by default –
– Use the tasksel to install the LAMP stack:
In Ubuntu based systems, the default path of your files for your local server is –
Now open your browser to check weather everything is installed properly or not –
In the URL tab type
If you can see the above page, it means your Apache server is working properly.
To check if your php is working
– Go to
/var/www/html and create a new file with .php extension (test.php).
– Open the file and type in the following code in it.
– Save the file and open it in your browser using following URL
– If you can see an output as mentioned below, your PHP has been installed properly.
NOTE – When you type “localhost” in your browser it points to the /var/www/html/ directory, therefore your PHP Files and Folders needs to be placed in this directory.
Also Check – How to install phpmyadmin in Ubuntu