Do not use Apache 2.0 and PHP in a production environment neither on Unix nor on Windows.
You are highly encouraged to take a look at the Apache Documentation to get a basic understanding of the Apache 2.0 Server.
The following versions of PHP are known to work with the most recent version of Apache 2.0:
- PHP 4.3.0 or later available at http://www.php.net/downloads.php.
- the latest stable development version. Get the source code http://snaps.php.net/php4-latest.tar.gz or download binaries for Windows http://snaps.php.net/win32/php4-win32-latest.zip.
- a prerelease version downloadable from http://qa.php.net/.
- you have always the option to obtain PHP through anonymous CVS.
Note: Apache 2.0 SAPI-support started with PHP 4.2.0. PHP 4.2.3 works with Apache 2.0.39, don't use any other version of Apache with PHP 4.2.3. However, the recommended setup is to use PHP 4.3.0 or later with the most recent version of Apache2.
All mentioned versions of PHP will work still with Apache 1.3.x.
Download the most recent version of Apache 2.0 and a fitting PHP version from the above mentioned places. This quick guide covers only the basics to get started with Apache 2.0 and PHP. For more information read the Apache Documentation. The version numbers have been omitted here, to ensure the instructions are not incorrect. You will need to replace the 'NN' here with the correct values from your files.
Following the steps above you will have a running Apache 2.0 with support for PHP as SAPI module. Of course there are many more configuration options available for both, Apache and PHP. For more information use ./configure --help in the corresponding source tree. In case you wish to build a multithreaded version of Apache 2.0 you must overwrite the standard MPM-Module prefork either with worker or perchild. To do so append to your configure line in step 6 above either the option --with-mpm=worker or --with-mpm=perchild. Take care about the consequences and understand what you are doing. For more information read the Apache documentation about the MPM-Modules.
Note: To build a multithreaded version of Apache your system must support threads. This also implies to build PHP with experimental Zend Thread Safety (ZTS). Therefore not all extensions might be available. The recommended setup is to build Apache with the standard prefork MPM-Module.
Consider to read the Windows specific notes for Apache 2.0.
Apache 2.0 is designed to run on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or Windows XP. At this time, support for Windows 9x is incomplete. Apache 2.0 is not expected to work on those platforms at this time.
Download the most recent version of Apache 2.0 and a fitting PHP version from the above mentioned places. Follow the Manual Installation Steps and come back to go on with the integration of PHP and Apache.
There are two ways to set up PHP to work with Apache 2.0 on Windows. One is to use the CGI binary the other is to use the Apache module DLL. In either case you need to stop the Apache server, and edit your httpd.conf to configure Apache to work with PHP.
You need to insert these three lines to your Apache httpd.conf configuration file to set up the CGI binary:
If you would like to use PHP as a module in Apache 2.0, be sure to move php4ts.dll for PHP 4, or php5ts.dll for PHP 5, to winnt/system32 (for Windows NT/2000) or windows/system32 (for Windows XP), overwriting any older file. You need to insert these two lines to your Apache httpd.conf configuration file to set up the PHP-Module for Apache 2.0:
Note: Remember to substitute the c:/php/ for your actual path to PHP in the above examples. Take care to use either php4apache2.dll or php5apache2.dll in your LoadModule directive and notphp4apache.dll or php5apache.dll as the latter ones are designed to run with Apache 1.3.x.
Don't mix up your installation with dll files from different PHP versions . You have the only choice to use the dll's and extensions that ship with your downloaded PHP version.