Installing SOAP Library on Windows

This section describes a tutorial on how to install php_soap.dll with PHP 5.0.4 on a Windows system.

Checking my PHP package to see if I have SOAP library file on my system:

>dir \php\ext\php_soap.dll

03/31/2005  02:52 AM           217,146 php_soap.dll

Cool. I do have the SOAP library file. No need to download it from the Internet. The next thing I have to do is to make it available to the run time environment by editing \php\php.ini and insert the following line:


Now check again:

>php PhpInfo.php > PhpInfo.txt

>find /? "soap" PhpInfo.txt
---------- PHPINFO.TXT
Soap Client => enabled
Soap Server => enabled
soap.wsdl_cache_dir => /tmp => /tmp
soap.wsdl_cache_enabled => 1 => 1
soap.wsdl_cache_ttl => 86400 => 86400

Ok. I think my system is ready to run SOAP functions now.

The next question is what SOAP implementation is this php_soap.dll. Is it PEAR SOAP, NuSOAP, or something else? To check this out, I right-mouse clicked on the file \php\ext\php_soap.dll, and selected Properties. The pop up window told me this:

Internal Name: php_soap.dll
File Version:
Copyright (c) 1997-2004 The PHP Group

So the php_soap.dll is another PHP implementation of SOAP. Let's call it the PHP Group SOAP. I then browsed the installed documentation at \php\html\ref.soap.html, and got this:

SOAP Functions


The SOAP extension can be used to write SOAP Servers and Clients. It supports subsets of SOAP 1.1, SOAP 1.2 and WSDL 1.1 specifications.

Last update: 2007.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Web Service

 Introduction to SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

 SOAP Message Structure

 SOAP Message Transmission and Processing

 SOAP Data Model

 SOAP Encoding

 SOAP RPC Presentation

 SOAP Properties Model

 SOAP Message Exchange Patterns

 SOAP HTTP Binding

 SOAP Perl Implementations

SOAP PHP Implementations

 SOAP PHP Implementations: PEAR::Package::SOAP and NuSOAP

 PHP 5.0.4 by The PHP Group

Installing SOAP Library on Windows

 SOAP Java Implementations

 Perl SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Socket Test Program for HTTP and SOAP

 Perl SOAP::Lite for GetSpeech SOAP 1.1 Web Service

 Perl SOAP::Lite 0.710 for SOAP 1.2 Web Services

 Perl SOAP::Lite 0.710 for WSDL

 PHP SOAP Extension Client Programs

 PHP SOAP Extension Server Programs

 Java Socket and HttpURLConnection for SOAP

 SAAJ - SOAP with Attachments API for Java

 SoapUI - SOAP Web Service Testing Tool

 WS-Security - SOAP Message Security Extension

 WS-Security X.509 Certificate Token

 Web Services and SOAP Terminology


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