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How do I add my PHP directory to the PATH on Windows?

How do I add my PHP directory to the PATH on Windows?

On Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003:

  • Go to Control Panel and open the System icon (Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System, or just Start -> Control Panel -> System for Windows XP/2003)
  • Go to the Advanced tab
  • Click on the ‘Environment Variables’ button
  • Look into the ‘System Variables’ pane
  • Find the Path entry (you may need to scroll to find it)
  • Double click on the Path entry
  • Enter your PHP directory ant the end, including ‘;’ before (e.g. ;C:\php)
  • Press OK and restart your computer

On Windows 98/Me you need to edit the autoexec.bat file:

  • Open the Notepad (Start -> Run and enter notepad)
  • Open the C:\autoexec.bat file
  • Locate the line with PATH=C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND;….. and add: ;C:\php to the end of the line
  • Save the file and restart your computer

Note: Be sure to reboot after following the steps above to ensure that the PATH changes are applied.

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