Configuring Apache PHP Load Module

This section describes how to configure Apache to use Apache PHP load module to run PHP scripts as Web pages. Apache PHP load module is more secure than CGI scripts.

Running PHP pages as CGI scripts is ok for testing purpose. But you should run PHP pages with Apache PHP load module. It's more efficient and more secure.

Here what I did to try to configure the Apache 2.4 server to use the Apache PHP load module. Note that I was using PHP 7.0.

1. Open on \local\apache\conf\httpd.conf and remove all changes I did for supporting PHP CGI scripts to my Apache server secure.

2. Go to the LoadModule section and add:

LoadModule php7_module "C:/local/php/php7apache2_4.dll"
PHPIniDir "C:/local/php"

3. Go to mime_module section and add a mime type as:

<IfModule mime_module>
...    
    AddType application/x-httpd-php .php 
</IfModule>

4. Restart the Apache server and run the PHP script again http://localhost/hello.php. The Web page resulted from the PHP script shows up correctly:

Hello world! - PHP script.

Congratulation, PHP scripts can be executed on the Apache server by the Apache PHP load module now!

Note that if you are still running PHP 5, you need to use the following setting:

LoadModule php5_module "C:/local/php/php5apache2_4.dll"

Last update: 2016.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction and Installation of PHP 7.0

 PHP Script File Syntax

 PHP Data Types and Data Literals

 Variables, References, and Constants

 Expressions, Operations and Type Conversions

 Conditional Statements - "if" and "switch"

 Loop Statements - "while", "for", and "do ... while"

 Function Declaration, Arguments, and Return Values

 Arrays - Ordered Maps

 Configuring and Sending out Emails

 Retrieving Information from HTTP Requests

 Creating and Managing Sessions in PHP Scripts

 Sending and Receiving Cookies in PHP Scripts

 Controlling HTTP Response Header Lines in PHP Scripts

 MySQL Server Connection and Access Functions

 Functions to Manage Directories, Files and Images

 SOAP Extension Function and Calling Web Services

 SOAP Server Functions and Examples

 Localization Overview of Web Applications

 Using Non-ASCII Characters in HTML Documents

 Using Non-ASCII Characters as PHP Script String Literals

 Receiving Non-ASCII Characters from Input Forms

 "mbstring" Extension and Non-ASCII Encoding Management

 Managing Non-ASCII Character Strings with MySQL Servers

 Introduction of Class and Object

Integrating PHP with Apache Web Server

 Downloading Apache HTTP Server 2.4.12 for Windows

 Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4.12 on Windows

 Publishing HTML Documents as Web Pages

 Starting and Stopping Apache Server

 Configuring Apache for PHP CGI Scripts

 Publishing PHP Scripts as Web Pages

Configuring Apache PHP Load Module

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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