Open PHP files

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Have you encountered a problem with a PHP file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a PHP file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your PHP file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is PHP file?

Files with the extension PHP are Hypertext PreProcessor Script files.

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PHP is a scripting language that runs on a web server, producing output in the form of HTML pages. PHP has many features that simplify collaboration with databases such as MySQL, and enables rich web applications such as MySQL. Develop content management systems.

Since PHP is an open source project, it is very widespread and used on many websites. The applications range from simple forms like a form to complex management systems and shops.

Files with the extension PHP can contain pure PHP source code as well as this embedded in an HTML. It is similar to ASP, CGI or JSP.

To edit a PHP file, just use a text editor. But there are also complete development environments, which greatly simplify the development of PHP scripts.

The extension PHP in a URL (in the address line of a browser) indicates that PHP is being used on the website. The user of the website receives only the PHP script generated HTML document not the actual PHP script.

Programs which can open a PHP file

How to open file with PHP extension?

In order to open a file with PHP extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening PHP file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with PHP files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe Dreamweaver or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening PHP files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support PHP files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of PHP files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Adobe Dreamweaver as the default program for opening PHP files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate PHP files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe Dreamweaver applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe Dreamweaver has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with PHP files

Sometimes problems with opening PHP files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • PHP files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open PHP files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • PHP file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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