PHP Development Environment

Learn how to set up a local environment for PHP development.

In this appendix, we’ll discuss the tools that we need to run PHP projects on our local machines.

In short, we’ll discuss:

  • The LAMP stack that we can use.
  • The editor.
  • The version control.
  • The browser.

The LAMP stack

There are two main ways to set up an “AMP” stack on your computer:

  • We can install each component separately. This approach is loved by many folks in GNU/Linux.
  • We can also use a ready-to-use bundle or package. This approach is preferred by folks who use Windows or Mac.

Let’s see some examples of the most used “AMP-like” software bundles:

  • XAMPP, which is available on all major OSs
  • WAMPServer or Laragon, which is available only on Windows
  • MAMP, which is available on Windows and Mac OSs

Note: We should also consider using the Docker solution.

Before we continue, let’s ensure that we can successfully run the following code snippet:

<p>Hello, world! The date of today is <?php echo date("d-m-Y"); ?>.</p>

We’ll create an index.php file and put the code given above inside it.

We can also test our integrated environment by clicking the “Run” button below:

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