Files with php extension can be commonly found as web pages, scripts written in PHP and processed server-side by PHP engine. PHP is a programming language that offers quick way to develop websites with dynamic content.

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the PHP file extension!

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Software that open php file

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PHP file extension - PHP script or page

What is php file? How to open php files?

File type specification:

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Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

php file icon: php filetype icon

File extension php is traditionally used for one of the most common programming language for web development - PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor).

PHP is a server-side scripting language that was designed specifically for web development, nevertheless it can also be used as a general-purpose programming language.

It was originally made by Prasmus Lerdof but is currently developed and maintained by Zend Technologies. New features and functions are added with each major updates. There are efforts to create a formal PHP specification since 2014.

The php file is usually server-side script , which means it has to be placed on the server with PHP installed on it so others can access the web page, or other content scripted in PHP (for example PDF print). However, it may also act as HTML page with extra PHP code.

MIME-types used by PHP scripts:

Updated: November 14, 2023

The default software associated to open php file:

Zend Studio icon

Zend Technologies Ltd. logoZend Studio  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Zend Technologies Ltd.

Zend Studio is a professional IDE for PHP developers that offers comprehensive set of editing, debugging, analysis, optimization and database tools. Zend Studio is tightly integrated with Zend Server software. The current version is Zend Studio 13 and new versions are released every year.  It is available in versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

PhpStorm icon

JetBrains s.r.o. logoPhpStorm  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
JetBrains s.r.o.

PhpStorm is PHP development environment for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux operating system. PhpStorm supports Symfony, Drupal, WordPress, Zend Framework, Laravel, Magento, Joomla!, CakePHP, Yii, and other frameworks.

Various front-end technologies also supported, such as HTML5, CSS, Sass, Less, Stylus, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, Emmet, and JavaScript, etc.

PHP Engine icon

The PHP Group logoPHP Engine  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
The PHP Group

PHP (Hypertext PreProcessor) is server side scripting language used to web development and create dynamic web pages. PHP scripts are embedded to standard HTML document and interpreted by a web server with PHP module.

Zend Server icon

Zend Technologies Ltd. logoZend Server  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Zend Technologies Ltd.

Zend Server is a PHP application server product line developed and marketed by Zend Technologies. It was first released in 2009  with production support available for Windows and Linux. It was available in two versions, Zend Server and Zend Server Community Edition.

Currently Zend Server is available as a development platform for creating higher quality apps that can be deployed on any server; and a production platform for running mission critical applications that require high performance and scalability.

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Help how to open:

The best way to open and edit .php files is to use some of the dedicated programming editors (Zend Studio, PhpStorm), or even source code / text editors (Atom, Sublime Text). But you will also likely need to run local PHP server (WampServer, XAMPP) for testing purposes.

You can view them on-line like any other web pages using any of the availale web browser (Eg, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari etc.).

How to convert:

You most likely won't find converters that will allow you to convert .php files straight to some other file types. However, you may encounteres parsers that allow for some sort of translation of the PHP content to other programming languages.

Find conversions from php file:

php to bcp

php to exe

php to pcr

php to pdf

Related links:

PHP engine home page

List of software applications associated to the .php file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open php file, edit php file, convert php file, view php file, play php file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting php files.

Software that open php file - PHP script or page

Programs supporting the exension php on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open php file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with php file by default:
Zend Studio small icon Zend Studio
Other suggested software:
Sublime Text small icon Sublime Text
Adobe Dreamweaver small icon Adobe Dreamweaver
Source Edit


Main software associated with php file by default:
PhpStorm small icon PhpStorm
Other suggested software:
PHP Development tools
Geany small icon Geany
Visual Studio Code small icon Visual Studio Code

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