Let me explain today how to use the wamp server to run PHP files. You can use this method to run PHP scripts you may have obtained from somewhere and need to run with little to no knowledge of PHP. You can execute your scripts through a web server where the output is a web browser. So let's get started
Step 1: Installing the Server Software
To set up the server we are using a software called wamp server.
- First you need to download the wamp server according to your system specifications(32 bit windows or 64 bit windows) from here
- Install the file on your computer and keep the settings to default unless you have specific requirements.
- After Installation start Wamp server.
Step 2: Setting Up the Server
- If the installation went well, you should have an new icon in the bottom right, where the clock is.
- Click the icon to see the menu as given above(1). The icon should be green in color, if it is red/orange then there is an error. From here, you can stop the server, exit it, view help files, and see the configuration pages.
- Click on localhost, though, and you'll see the page as above(2) : (Localhost just refers to the server running on your own computer. Another way to refer to your server is by using the IP address 127.0.0.1.)
If you saw the above page, then congratulations! Your PHP server is up and running, and you can make a start scripting PHP pages.
Step 3: Saving Your PHP Scripts
- Whenever you create a new PHP page, you need to save it in your www directory. You can see where this is by clicking the www directory item on the menu.
When you click on www directory, you should see an explorer window appear.
The PHP Script you want to run should be copied into this directory.
This www folder for Wampserver is usually at this location on your hard drive:
Bear this in mind when you click File > Save As to save your PHP scripts.
Step 4: Running the PHP Script
- You can run the PHP Script in two ways:
Open localhost through the menu in the bottom right of the taskbar.
A page should open in your browser and you should see a list called Your Projects
If you saved your PHP script at the right place you should see your script name in this list
Click on the script to run it
Suppose you have created a php script called test1.php. To launch
this script, you need to add the script name after localhost in your browser. So we type
Your server knows where the www folder is, so you don't have to type it out: just add the script name to localhost. Likewise, if you create a folder under www then you'd just type this:
Viola, your script should be up and running.
Step 5: Troubleshooting
If you encounter an error like "api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1.0.dll is missing”, then you need to (re)install the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, either via Windows Update or download and directly install the Visual C++ Redistributable:
- Install all pending Windows Updates
1. Go to Start – Control Panel – Windows Update
2. Check for updates and install all pending updates, then restart the computer.
3. After the restart repeat the steps above again until no more updates are available.
2. Download the Visual C++ Redistributable 2015
- For Windows 64-bit
- For Windows 32-bit
- Run the vcredist_x64.exe (64-bit) or vcredist_x86.exe (32-bit) and select Uninstall if already installed
- (If you uninstalled) Run the .exe again and select Install and restart the computer