PHP Built in server

Introduction

Learn how to use the built in server to develop and test your application without the need of other tools like xamp, wamp, etc.

Parameters

ColumnColumn
-STell the php that we want a webserver
<hostname>:<port>The host name and the por to be used
-tPublic directory
<filename>The routing script

Remarks

An example of router script is:

<?php
// router.php
if (preg_match('/\.(?:png|jpg|jpeg|gif)$/', $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"])) {
    return false;    // serve the requested resource as-is.
}  //the rest of you code goes here.

built in server with specific directory and router script

php -S localhost:80 -t project/public router.php

PHP 7.1.7 Development Server started at Fri Jul 14 15:22:25 2017
Listening on http://localhost:80
Document root is /home/project/public
Press Ctrl-C to quit.

Running the built in server

php -S localhost:80

PHP 7.1.7 Development Server started at Fri Jul 14 15:11:05 2017
Listening on http://localhost:80
Document root is C:\projetos\repgeral
Press Ctrl-C to quit.

This is the simplest way to start a PHP server that responds to request made to localhost at the port 80.

The -S tells that we are starting a webserver.

The localhost:80 indicates the host that we are answering and the port. You can use other combinations like:

  • mymachine:80 - will listen on the address mymachine and port 80;
  • 127.0.0.1:8080 - will listen on the address 127.0.0.1 and port 8080;