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PHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language originally designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document, rather than calling an external file to process data. Ultimately, the code is interpreted by a Web server with a PHP processor module which generates the resulting Web page. It also has evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications.[1] PHP can be deployed on most Web servers and also as a standalone shell on almost every operating system and platform free of charge.[2] A competitor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) server-side script engine[3] and similar languages, PHP is installed on more than 20 million Web sites and 1 million Web servers.[4]

PHP was originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995. The main implementation of PHP is now produced by The PHP Group and serves as the formal reference to the PHP language.[5] PHP is free software released under the PHP License, which is incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL) due to restrictions on the usage of the term PHP.[6]

While PHP originally stood for "Personal Home Page", it is now said to stand for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor", a recursive acronym.[7]


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PHP development began in 1994 when the Danish/Greenlandic/Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf initially created a set of Perl scripts he called "Personal Home Page Tools" to maintain his personal homepage. The scripts performed tasks such as displaying his résumé and recording his web-page traffic.[5][8][9] Lerdorf initially announced the release of PHP on the comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi Usenet discussion group on June 8, 1995.[10]

He rewrote these scripts as C programming language Common Gateway Interface (CGI) binaries, extending them to add the ability to work with Web forms and to communicate with databases and called this implementation "Personal Home Page/Forms Interpreter" or PHP/FI. PHP/FI could be used to build simple, dynamic Web applications. Lerdorf released PHP/FI as "Personal Home Page Tools (PHP Tools) version 1.0" publicly on June 8, 1995, to accelerate bug location and improve the code.[11] This release already had the basic functionality that PHP has today. This included Perl-like variables, form handling, and the ability to embed HTML. The syntax was similar to Perl but was more limited and simpler, although less consistent.[5] A development team began to form and, after months of work and beta testing, officially released PHP/FI 2 in November 1997.

Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, two Israeli developers at the Technion IIT, rewrote the parser in 1997 and formed the base of PHP 3, changing the language's name to the recursive initialism PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.[5] Afterwards, public testing of PHP 3 began, and the official launch came in June 1998. Suraski and Gutmans then started a new rewrite of PHP's core, producing the Zend Engine in 1999.[12] They also founded Zend Technologies in Ramat Gan, Israel.[5]

On May 22, 2000, PHP 4, powered by the Zend Engine 1.0, was released.[5] As of August 2008 this branch is up to version 4.4.9. PHP 4 is no longer under development nor will any security updates be released.[13][14]

On July 13, 2004, PHP 5 was released, powered by the new Zend Engine II.[5] PHP 5 included new features such as improved support for object-oriented programming, the PHP Data Objects (PDO) extension (which defines a lightweight and consistent interface for accessing databases), and numerous performance enhancements.[15] In 2008 PHP 5 became the only stable version under development. Late static binding had been missing from PHP and was added in version 5.3.[16][17]

A new major version has been under development alongside PHP 5 for several years. This version was originally planned to be released as PHP 6 as a result of its significant changes, which included plans for full Unicode support. However, Unicode support took developers much longer to implement than originally thought, and the decision was made in March 2010[18] to move the project to a branch, with features still under development moved to trunk.

Changes in the new code include the removal of register_globals,[19] magic quotes, and safe mode.[13][20] The reason for the removals was that register_globals had opened security holes by intentionally allowing runtime data injection, and the use of magic quotes had an unpredictable nature. Instead, to escape characters, magic quotes may be replaced with the addslashes() function, or more appropriately an escape mechanism specific to the database vendor itself like mysql_real_escape_string() for MySQL. Functions that will be removed in future versions and have been deprecated in PHP 5.3 will produce a warning if used.[21]

Many high-profile open-source projects ceased to support PHP 4 in new code as of February 5, 2008, because of the GoPHP5 initiative,[22] provided by a consortium of PHP developers promoting the transition from PHP 4 to PHP 5.[23][24]

Suleras:As of PHP does not have native support for Unicode or multibyte strings; Unicode support is under development for a future version of PHP and will allow strings as well as class-, method-, and function-names to contain non-ASCII characters.[25][26]

PHP interpreters are available on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, but on Microsoft Windows the only official distribution is a 32-bit implementation, requiring Windows 32-bit compatibility mode while using Internet Information Services (IIS) on a 64-bit Windows platform. Experimental 64-bit versions of PHP 5.3.0 were briefly available for MS Windows, but have since been removed.[27]


PHP is free software released under the PHP License, which insists that:[28]

 4. Products derived from this software may not be called "PHP", nor
may "PHP" appear in their name, without prior written permission
from You may indicate that your software works in
conjunction with PHP by saying "Foo for PHP" instead of calling
it "PHP Foo" or "phpfoo"

This restriction on use of the name PHP makes it incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL).[29]

Release historyEdit

Red Release no longer supported
Green Release supported
Blue Future release
Major version Minor version Release date Notes
1 1.0.0 Suleras:Nowrap Officially called "Personal Home Page Tools (PHP Tools)". This is the first use of the name "PHP".[5]
2 2.0.0 Suleras:Nowrap Considered by its creator as the "fastest and simplest tool" for creating dynamic Web pages.[5]
3 3.0.0 Suleras:Nowrap Development moves from one person to multiple developers. Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans rewrite the base for this version.[5]
3.0.18 Suleras:Nowrap The latest release for PHP 3.0.x. Unsupported Historical Releases
4 4.0.0 Suleras:Nowrap Added more advanced two-stage parse/execute tag-parsing system called the Zend engine.[30]
4.1.0 Suleras:Nowrap Introduced 'superglobals' ($_GET, $_POST, $_SESSION, etc.)[30]
4.2.0 Suleras:Nowrap Disabled register_globals by default. Data received over the network is not inserted directly into the global namespace anymore, closing possible security holes in applications.[30]
4.3.0 Suleras:Nowrap Introduced the CLI, in addition to the CGI.[30][31]
4.4.0 Suleras:Nowrap Added man pages for phpize and php-config scripts.[30]
4.4.9 Suleras:Nowrap Security enhancements and bug fixes. The last release of the PHP 4.4 series.[32][33]
5 5.0.0 Suleras:Nowrap Zend Engine II with a new object model.[34]
5.1.0 Suleras:Nowrap Performance improvements with introduction of compiler variables in re-engineered PHP Engine.[34] Added PHP Data Objects (PDO) as a consistent interface for accessing databases. [35]
5.2.0 Suleras:Nowrap Enabled the filter extension by default. Native JSON support.[34]
5.2.17 Suleras:Nowrap Fix of critical vulnerability connected to floating point.
5.3.0 Suleras:Nowrap Namespace support; Late static bindings, Jump label (limited goto), Native closures, Native PHP archives (phar), garbage collection for circular references, improved Windows support, sqlite3, mysqlnd as a replacement for libmysql as underlying library for the extensions that work with MySQL, fileinfo as a replacement for mime_magic for better MIME support, the Internationalization extension, and deprecation of ereg extension.
5.3.1 Suleras:Nowrap Over 100 bug fixes, some of which were security fixes.
5.3.2 Suleras:Nowrap Includes a large number of bug fixes.
5.3.3 Suleras:Nowrap Mainly bug and security fixes; FPM SAPI.
5.3.4 Suleras:Nowrap Mainly bug and security fixes; improvements to FPM SAPI.
5.3.5 Suleras:Nowrap Fix of critical vulnerability connected to floating point.
5.3.6 Suleras:Nowrap Over 60 bug fixes that were reported in the previous version.
5.3.7 Suleras:Nowrap This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 90 bug fixes, some of which are security related.
5.3.8 Suleras:Nowrap This release fixes two issues introduced in the PHP 5.3.7 release.
5.3.9 Suleras:Nowrap This release focuses on improving the stability of the PHP 5.3.x branch with over 90 bug fixes, some of which are security related.
5.3.10 Suleras:Nowrap Fixed arbitrary remote code execution vulnerability reported by Stefan Esser, CVE-2012-0830.
5.4.0 Suleras:Nowrap Trait Support, short array syntax support. Removed items: register_globals, safe_mode, allow_call_time_pass_reference, session_register(), session_unregister() and session_is_registered(). Built-in web server.[36] Several improvements to existing features, performance and reduced memory requirements.
6  ?.? No date set The development of PHP 6 has been delayed because the developers have decided the current approach to handling of instance unicode is not a good one, and are considering alternate ways in the next version of PHP. The updates that were intended for PHP 6 were added to PHP 5.3.0 (namespace support, Late Static Bindings, lambda functions, closures, goto) and 5.4.0 (traits, closure rebinding) instead.

Beginning on June 28, 2011, the PHP Group began following a timeline for when new versions of PHP will be released.[37] Under this timeline, at least one release should occur every month. Once per year, a minor release should occur which can include new features. Every minor release should at least have 2 years of security and bug fixes, followed by at least 1 year of only security fixes, for a total of a 3 year release process for every minor release. No new features (unless small and self contained) will be introduced into a minor release during the 3 year release process.


PHP is a general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to server-side web development where PHP generally runs on a web server. Any PHP code in a requested file is executed by the PHP runtime, usually to create dynamic web page content or dynamic images used on Web sites or elsewhere.[38] It can also be used for command-line scripting and client-side GUI applications. PHP can be deployed on most Web servers, many operating systems and platforms, and can be used with many relational database management systems (RDBMS). It is available free of charge, and the PHP Group provides the complete source code for users to build, customize and extend for their own use.[2]

PHP acts primarily as a filter,[39] taking input from a file or stream containing text and/or PHP instructions and outputting another stream of data; most commonly the output will be HTML. Since PHP 4, the PHP parser compiles input to produce bytecode for processing by the Zend Engine, giving improved performance over its interpreter predecessor.[40]

Originally designed to create dynamic Web pages, PHP now focuses mainly on server-side scripting,[41] and it is similar to other server-side scripting languages that provide dynamic content from a Web server to a client, such as Microsoft's ASP.NET, Sun Microsystems' JavaServer Pages,[42] and mod_perl. PHP has also attracted the development of many frameworks that provide building blocks and a design structure to promote rapid application development (RAD). Some of these include CakePHP, Symfony, CodeIgniter, Yii Framework, and Zend Framework, offering features similar to other web application frameworks.

The LAMP architecture has become popular in the Web industry as a way of deploying Web applications. PHP is commonly used as the P in this bundle alongside Linux, Apache and MySQL, although the P may also refer to Python or Perl or some combination of the three. Similar packages are also available for Windows and Mac OS X, then called WAMP and MAMP, with the first letter standing for the respective operating system.

As of April 2007, over 20 million Internet domains had Web services hosted on servers with PHP installed and mod_php was recorded as the most popular Apache HTTP Server module.[43] PHP is used as the server-side programming language on 75% of all Web servers.[44] Web content management systems written in PHP include MediaWiki,[45] Joomla, eZ Publish, SilverStripe,[46] WordPress,[47] Drupal [48] and Moodle.[49] All Web sites created using these tools are written in PHP, including the user-facing portion of Wikipedia, Facebook,[50] and Digg.[51]


Vulnerabilities are caused mostly by not following best practice programming rules: technical security flaws of the language itself or of its core libraries are not frequent (23 in 2008, about 1% of the total).[52][53] Recognizing that programmers make mistakes, some languages include taint checking to detect automatically the lack of input validation which induces many issues. Such a feature is being developed for PHP,[54] but its inclusion in a release has been rejected several times in the past.[55][56]

There are advanced protection patches such as Suhosin and Hardening-Patch, especially designed for Web hosting environments.[57]

PHPIDS adds security to any PHP application to defend against intrusions. PHPIDS detects Cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, header injection, Directory traversal, Remote File Execution, Local File Inclusion, and Denial of Service (DoS).[58]



<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>PHP Test</title>
echo 'Hello World';
/* echo("Hello World"); works as well,
although echo is not a function, but a
language construct. In some cases, such
as when multiple parameters are passed
to echo, parameters cannot be enclosed
in parentheses. */

Hello world program in PHP code embedded within HTML code

The PHP interpreter only executes PHP code within its delimiters. Anything outside its delimiters is not processed by PHP (although non-PHP text is still subject to control structures described within PHP code). The most common delimiters are <?php to open and ?> to close PHP sections. <script language="php"> and </script> delimiters are also available, as are the shortened forms <? or <?= (which is used to echo back a string or variable) and ?> as well as ASP-style short forms <% or <%= and %>. While short delimiters are used, they make script files less portable as support for them can be disabled in the PHP configuration, and so they are discouraged.[59] The purpose of all these delimiters is to separate PHP code from non-PHP code, including HTML.[60]

The first form of delimiters, <?php and ?>, in XHTML and other XML documents, creates correctly formed XML 'processing instructions'.[61] This means that the resulting mixture of PHP code and other markup in the server-side file is itself well-formed XML.

Variables are prefixed with a dollar symbol, and a type does not need to be specified in advance. Unlike function and class names, variable names are case sensitive. Both double-quoted ("") and heredoc strings provide the ability to interpolate a variable's value into the string.[62] PHP treats newlines as whitespace in the manner of a free-form language (except when inside string quotes), and statements are terminated by a semicolon.[63] PHP has three types of comment syntax: /* */ marks block and inline comments; // as well as # are used for one-line comments.[64] The echo statement is one of several facilities PHP provides to output text, e.g., to a Web browser.

In terms of keywords and language syntax, PHP is similar to most high level languages that follow the C style syntax. if conditions, for and while loops, and function returns are similar in syntax to languages such as C, C++, Java and Perl.

Data typesEdit

PHP stores whole numbers in a platform-dependent range, either a 64-bit or 32-bit signed integer equivalent to the C-language long type. Unsigned integers are converted to signed values in certain situations; this behavior is different from other programming languages.[65] Integer variables can be assigned using decimal (positive and negative), octal, and hexadecimal notations. Floating point numbers are also stored in a platform-specific range. They can be specified using floating point notation, or two forms of scientific notation.[66] PHP has a native Boolean type that is similar to the native Boolean types in Java and C++. Using the Boolean type conversion rules, non-zero values are interpreted as true and zero as false, as in Perl and C++.[66] The null data type represents a variable that has no value. The only value in the null data type is NULL.[66] Variables of the "resource" type represent references to resources from external sources. These are typically created by functions from a particular extension, and can only be processed by functions from the same extension; examples include file, image, and database resources.[66] Arrays can contain elements of any type that PHP can handle, including resources, objects, and even other arrays. Order is preserved in lists of values and in hashes with both keys and values, and the two can be intermingled.[66] PHP also supports strings, which can be used with single quotes, double quotes, nowdoc or heredoc syntax.[67]

The Standard PHP Library (SPL) attempts to solve standard problems and implements efficient data access interfaces and classes.[68]


PHP has hundreds of base functions and thousands more via extensions. These functions are well documented on the PHP site; however, the built-in library has a wide variety of naming conventions and inconsistencies.[69] PHP currently has no functions for thread programming, although it does support multiprocess programming on POSIX systems.[70]

Additional functions can be defined by a developer:

function myFunction() { //declares a function, this is named myFunction
return 'John Doe'; //returns the value 'John Doe'
echo 'My name is ' . myFunction() . '!'; //outputs the text and the return variable of the
//myFunction, the function is also called
//the result of the output will be 'My name is John Doe!'

PHP 5.2 and earlierEdit

Functions are not first-class functions and can only be referenced by their name, directly or dynamically by a variable containing the name of the function.[71] User-defined functions can be created at any time without being prototyped.[71] Functions can be defined inside code blocks, permitting a run-time decision as to whether or not a function should be defined. Function calls must use parentheses, with the exception of zero argument class constructor functions called with the PHP new operator, where parentheses are optional. PHP supports quasi-anonymous functions through the create_function() function, although they are not true anonymous functions because anonymous functions are nameless, but functions can only be referenced by name, or indirectly through a variable $function_name();, in PHP.[71]

PHP 5.3 and newerEdit

PHP gained support for closures. True anonymous functions are supported using the following syntax:

function getAdder($x) {
return function($y) use ($x) {
return $x + $y;
$adder = getAdder(8);
echo $adder(2); // prints "10"

Here, the getAdder() function creates a closure using the parameter $x (the keyword use imports a variable from the lexical context), which takes an additional argument $y and returns it to the caller. Such a function is a first class object, meaning that it can be stored in a variable, passed as a parameter to other functions, etc. For more details see Lambda functions and closures RFC.

The goto flow control statement is used as follows:

function lock() {
$file = fopen('file.txt', 'r+');
if (!flock($file, LOCK_EX & LOCK_NB)) {
goto retry;
fwrite($file, 'Success!');
return 0;

When flock() is called, PHP opens a file and tries to lock it. The target label retry: defines the point to which execution should return if flock() is unsuccessful and goto retry; is called. The goto statement is restricted and requires that the target label be in the same file and context.

The goto statement has been supported since PHP 5.3.


Basic object-oriented programming functionality was added in PHP 3 and improved in PHP 4.[5] Object handling was completely rewritten for PHP 5, expanding the feature set and enhancing performance.[72] In previous versions of PHP, objects were handled like value types.[72] The drawback of this method was that the whole object was copied when a variable was assigned or passed as a parameter to a method. In the new approach, objects are referenced by handle, and not by value. PHP 5 introduced private and protected member variables and methods, along with abstract classes and final classes as well as abstract methods and final methods. It also introduced a standard way of declaring constructors and destructors, similar to that of other object-oriented languages such as C++, and a standard exception handling model. Furthermore, PHP 5 added interfaces and allowed for multiple interfaces to be implemented. There are special interfaces that allow objects to interact with the runtime system. Objects implementing ArrayAccess can be used with array syntax and objects implementing Iterator or IteratorAggregate can be used with the foreach language construct. There is no virtual table feature in the engine, so static variables are bound with a name instead of a reference at compile time.[73]

If the developer creates a copy of an object using the reserved word clone, the Zend engine will check if a __clone() method has been defined or not. If not, it will call a default __clone() which will copy the object's properties. If a __clone() method is defined, then it will be responsible for setting the necessary properties in the created object. For convenience, the engine will supply a function that imports the properties of the source object, so that the programmer can start with a by-value replica of the source object and only override properties that need to be changed.[74]

Basic example of object-oriented programming as described above:

class Person {
public $firstName;
public $lastName;
public function __construct($firstName, $lastName = '') { //Optional parameter
$this->firstName = $firstName;
$this->lastName = $lastName;
public function greet() {
return "Hello, my name is " . $this->firstName . " " . $this->lastName . ".";
public static function staticGreet($firstName, $lastName) {
return "Hello, my name is " . $firstName . " " . $lastName . ".";
$he = new Person('John', 'Smith');
$she = new Person('Sally', 'Davis');
$other = new Person('Joe');
echo $he->greet(); // prints "Hello, my name is John Smith."
echo '<br />';
echo $she->greet(); // prints "Hello, my name is Sally Davis."
echo '<br />';
echo $other->greet(); // prints "Hello, my name is Joe ."
echo '<br />';
echo Person::staticGreet('Jane', 'Doe'); // prints "Hello, my name is Jane Doe."

Visibility of properties and methodsEdit

The visibility of PHP properties and methods refers to visibility in PHP. It is defined using the keywords public, private, and protected. The default is public, if only var is used; var is a synonym for public. Items declared public can be accessed everywhere. protected limits access to inherited classes (and to the class that defines the item). private limits visibility only to the class that defines the item.[75] Objects of the same type have access to each other's private and protected members even though they are not the same instance. PHP's member visibility features have sometimes been described as "highly useful."[76] However, they have also sometimes been described as "at best irrelevant and at worst positively harmful."[77]

Speed optimizationEdit


PHP source code is compiled on-the-fly to an internal format that can be executed by the PHP engine.[78][79] In order to speed up execution time and not have to compile the PHP source code every time the Web page is accessed, PHP scripts can also be deployed in executable format using a PHP compiler.

Code optimizers aim to enhance the performance of the compiled code by reducing its size, merging redundant instructions and making other changes that can reduce the execution time. With PHP, there are often opportunities for code optimization.[80] An example of a code optimizer is the eAccelerator PHP extension.[81]

Another approach for reducing compilation overhead for PHP servers is using an opcode cache. Opcode caches work by caching the compiled form of a PHP script (opcodes) in shared memory to avoid the overhead of parsing and compiling the code every time the script runs. An opcode cache, APC, is planned to be built into an upcoming release of PHP (but not 5.4 [82] as previously planned [83]).

Opcode caching and code optimization can be combined for best efficiency, as the modifications do not depend on each other (they happen in distinct stages of the compilation).


The PHP language was originally implemented as an interpreter. Several compilers have been developed which decouple the PHP language from the interpreter. Advantages of compilation include better execution speed, static analysis, and improved interoperability with code written in other languages.[84] PHP compilers of note include Phalanger, which compiles PHP into CIL byte-code, and HipHop, developed at Facebook and now available as open source, which transforms the PHP Script into C++, then compiles it, reducing server load up to 50%.


PHP includes free and open source libraries with the core build. PHP is a fundamentally Internet-aware system with modules built in for accessing FTP servers, many database servers, embedded SQL libraries such as embedded PostgreSQL, MySQL and SQLite, LDAP servers, and others. Many functions familiar to C programmers such as those in the stdio family are available in the standard PHP build.[85]

PHP allows developers to write extensions in C to add functionality to the PHP language. These can then be compiled into PHP or loaded dynamically at runtime. Extensions have been written to add support for the Windows API, process management on Unix-like operating systems, multibyte strings (Unicode), cURL, and several popular compression formats. Some more unusual features include integration with Internet Relay Chat, dynamic generation of images and Adobe Flash content, and even speech synthesis. The PHP Extension Community Library (PECL) project is a repository for extensions to the PHP language.[86]

Zend provides a certification exam for programmers to become certified PHP developers.

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