Would you like to learn how to install PHP on the IIS server? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install and configure PHP on the IIS server.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• PHP 7

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Tutorial IIS - PHP Installation on Windows

First, we need to access the PHP website for Windows.

Locate and download the Non-Thread Safe (NTS) versions of PHP.

php windows download

In our example, the following file was downloaded: php-7.2.9-nts-Win32-VC15-x86.zip.

Create a directory named PHP on the root of your C drive.

Extract the content of the file inside the PHP folder.

Windows PHP Folder

PHP for Windows requires the installation of a specific version of Microsoft Visual Studio.

In our example, we downloaded the PHP package build VC15.

PHP Build VC 15 requires the installation of the Microsoft Visual Studio version 2017.

PHP Visual StudioVisual Studio installation x86

After finishing the Visual Studio installation, we need to add the PHP directory to the PATH environment variable.

Access the System properties window.

Access the Advanced tab and click on the Environment variables button.

System properties windows

Select the PATH variable and click on the Edit button.

path variable

Add the PHP directory to the end of the PATH variable value.

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PHP path variable

Open the Windows explorer application and access the PHP folder.

Locate the file named PHP.INI-PRODUCTION.

php ini production

Rename PHP.INI-PRODUCTION to PHP.INI

Edit the file named PHP.INI.

Here is the original file, before our configuration:

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Here is the file, after our configuration.

Keep in mind that your timezone file may not be the same as mine.

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Test the PHP installation.

Open a DOS command prompt and enter the following command.

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Congratulations! you installed PHP on the Windows server.

Tutorial - IIS Installation on Windows

Open the Server Manager application.

Access the Manage menu and click on Add roles and features.

Windows 2012 add role

Access the Server roles screen, select the Web Server (IIS) option and click on the Next button.

IIS Installation

On the following screen, click on the Add features button.

IIS Features

On the IIS service screen, select the CGI option and finish the installation.

IIS enable CGI

The IIS server was installed on your computer but we still need to configure the PHP integration.

Open the IIS manager application and access the Handler Mappings option.

IIS Handles Mappings

On the right part of the screen, select the option named: Add Module Mapping.

On the Module mapping screen, you will have to enter the following information:

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PHP Module IIS

Click on the button named: Request Restrictions.

Select the File or Folder option and click on the OK button.

IIS PHP Request Restrictions

Click on the OK button.

If the following message is presented, click on the Yes button.

IIS Module mapping

Now, we need to configure IIS to accept index.php as a default page.

Open the IIS manager application and access the Default Document option.

IIS default page PHP

On the right part of the screen, select the option named: Add...

On the Add default document window, you will have to enter the following information:

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IIS PHP support

To finish the installation you need to restart the IIS service.

Right click on the server name on the top left part of the screen and select the option Stop.

IIS stop

Right click on the server name on the top left part of the screen and select the option Start.

IIS start

Congratulations! You have installed PHP on the Windows server.

The IIS server is now supporting the use of PHP.

Testing Your PHP installation on Windows IIS

Open the notepad application and create a document named test.php

This document should be placed inside the WWWROOT folder.

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Open your browser and enter the IP address of your IIS web server plus /test.php

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• http://35.162.85.57/test.php

The following content should be presented.

php configuration file

The PHP installation on IIS was tested successfully.