How To Fix Php Executable Path In Vscode

Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is an excellent text editor recommended for those who work with different programming languages, including PHP. However, sometimes you may face issues with the PHP executable path, which can affect the performance of your PHP code or IntelliSense.

In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of fixing the PHP executable path in Visual Studio Code. Let’s get started!

1. Locate the PHP Executable

Before we start configuring Visual Studio Code, you need to locate the PHP executable on your computer. Depending on your operating system, the location may vary.

For Windows:

If you have installed XAMPP or WAMP, the PHP executable should be located in the corresponding folder, as shown below:

  • XAMPP: C:\xampp\php\php.exe
  • WAMP: C:\wamp\bin\php\php{version}\php.exe

For Mac:

If you have installed PHP using Homebrew, the executable should be located at:

  • /usr/local/bin/php

For Linux:

On Linux-based systems, the PHP executable is usually located at:

  • /usr/bin/php

If you cannot locate the PHP executable or are unsure of its location, you can use the command line to find its path by running the following command:

            which php

2. Configure the PHP Executable Path in Visual Studio Code

Once you have located the PHP executable, follow these steps to configure the PHP executable path in Visual Studio Code:

Step 1: Open the Settings

Open Visual Studio Code and click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner of the window to open the Settings menu. Select “Settings” to open the Settings tab.

Step 2: Access Workspace Settings

In the Settings tab, make sure you’re in the “Workspace” section on the upper-right corner. If not, switch to the “Workspace” section.

Step 3: Search for PHP Executable Path

In the search bar, type “php.executablePath” to find the relevant setting.

Step 4: Set the PHP Executable Path

Click “Edit in settings.json” under the “PHP > Executable Path” setting. This will open your settings.json file. Add the following line to the file, replacing the path with your PHP executable path:

            "php.executablePath": "your_php_executable_path_here"

For example, if your PHP executable is located at /usr/local/bin/php on a Mac, add the following line:

            "php.executablePath": "/usr/local/bin/php"

Save the settings.json file and close it. Visual Studio Code will now use the specified PHP executable path.


By following the steps mentioned above, you can successfully fix the PHP executable path in Visual Studio Code. This will help you avoid potential issues and enhance your PHP development experience. Happy coding!