Languages > PHP

PHP is a popular web scripting programming language. MAMP PRO installs several versions of the PHP script interpreter.

MAMP PRO - Languages - PHP


  • Default version
    Select which PHP version will be the default version.

    • Plus
      A click on this button opens a dialog box with a list of the additional available PHP versions. By clicking on the “Install” button of the required PHP version this version will be added to your development environment. Afterwards a restart of MAMP PRO is necessary.

      MAMP PRO - Languages - PHP - Add additional PHP version

      Adding Additional PHP Versions

    • Minus
      A click on this button will delete the selected PHP version from your development environment. You have to confirm this before.

      MAMP PRO - Languages - PHP - Remove PHP version

    • Open template…
      A click on this button opens the internally used template file for the php.ini file in an editor window. More information about this template file can be found here.

    • Activate command line shortcuts for the selected PHP version, pear & pecl
      Check this option to make the current PHP version available on the command line. MAMP PRO uses aliases to provide this functionality. When this option is checked the following is added to your ~/.profile file.

      alias php='/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/phpx.x.x/bin/php -c "/Library/Application Support/appsolute/MAMP PRO/conf/phpx.x.x.ini"'
      alias pear='/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/phpx.x.x/bin/pear'
      alias pecl='/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/phpx.x.x/bin/pecl'
      

      Confirm your PHP is enabled by typing “php -v” in your terminal.

      MAMP PRO - Languages - PHP - Command line

      Note: Your version of PHP on the command line is not configured by your PHP templates, or the MAMP PRO interface. More information on configuring your command line PHP can be found here.

      • Also activate shortcut for Composer When this option is checked the following is added to your ~/.profile file.

        alias composer='/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/composer'
        

  • Mode
    Choose whether to use identical PHP versions for all hosts (Module) or on a host by host basis (CGI).

    • Module (all hosts use the same PHP version)
      Select this option to run PHP in module mode. All your hosts will use the same version of PHP.

    • CGI (every host may be set to a different PHP version)
      Select this option to run PHP in CGI mode. This allows you to specify which version of PHP to use for each of your hosts separately.

      More information on how to change the PHP version for an individual host is covered in the Settings > Hosts > General section.


  • Cache module to speed up execution
    PHP has several cache extensions that can help speed up execution in certain circumstances. This is set to “off” by default. Enabling a cache extension does not necessarily translate into greater execution speed. A particular cache is not available for the current PHP version if it is not enabled.

    Several caches provide a user interface to help analyze and profile your code. Press the arrow button to the right of the cache name to view this interface. An interface is not available if the arrow button is not enabled.

    • off
      Select this option if no PHP cache module should be used.

    • APC
      The Alternative PHP Cache (APC) is a free and open opcode cache for PHP. You can learn more about APC here.

    • eAccelerator
      eAccelerator a free open-source PHP accelerator & optimizer. You can learn more about eAccelerator here.

    • XCache
      XCache is a open-source opcode cacher. You can learn more about XCache here.

    • OPCache
      OPcache improves PHP performance by storing precompiled script bytecode in shared memory, thereby removing the need for PHP to load and parse scripts on each request. You can learn more about OPcache here.


  • Extensions

    • Xdebug (Debugger)
      Activate Xdebug to allow PHP to create debugging information during script execution. By default, Xdebug uses localhost and port 9000 in the php.ini file. More information on using Xdebug with the MacGDBp Debugger can be founder here.

      • Download MacGDBp…
        Clicking this button opens the MacGDBp website in your default browser.

      • Open MacGDBp
        With Xdebug activated you can open the MacGDBp debugger to enable PHP debugging. By default, MacGDBp expects debugging information on port 9000 of localhost. More information on using Xdebug with the MacGDBp Debugger can be founder here.

    • Imagick / ImageMagick
      If you activate this checkbox, then Imagick resp. ImageMagick is available.

    • Tidy
      If you activate this checkbox, then Tidy is available.

    • Oauth
      If you activate this checkbox, then Oauth is available.

    • Enable other extensions…
      A click on this button opens the internally used template file for the php.ini file in an editor window. More information about this template file can be found here.


  • What to log
    Here you define the type of messages to be reported.

    • Display startup errors
      Log PHP errors that occur when Apache loads the PHP module.

    • All other errors and warnings (E_ALL)
      If you activate this checkbox, all errors and warnings are reported. This option corresponds to the setting E_ALL. See the PHP documentation in the “error_reporting” section for more information.

    • Errors (E_ERROR)
      If you activate this checkbox, all errors are reported. This option corresponds to the setting E_ERROR. See the PHP documentation in the “error_reporting” section for more information.

    • Warnings (E_WARNING)
      If you activate this checkbox, all warnings are reported. This option corresponds to the setting E_WARNING. See the PHP documentation in the “error_reporting” section for more information.

    • Notices (E_NOTICE)
      If you activate this checkbox, all notices are reported. This option corresponds to the setting E_NOTICE. See the PHP documentation in the “error_reporting” section for more information.

    • Other
      Report further error types through constants. Please turn to the PHP documentation for further information.


  • Log errors
    Here you can choose where the messages should be written to.

    • to screen
      Activate this checkbox if you want the messages to be displayed on your website.

    • to file
      Activate this checkbox if the messages are to be written to a file.

      • Choose…
        Here you can choose the directory and the file name. By default, the message is written to the file /Applications/MAMP PRO/logs/php_error.log.