How To Validate Php Executable Path In Vscode

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the process of validating the PHP executable path in Visual Studio Code (VSCode). This is an important step to ensure that your PHP code executes correctly within the VSCode environment.


Before we start, make sure you have the following installed on your system:

Step 1: Locate the PHP Executable Path

First, you need to find the path for the PHP executable on your system. This could vary depending on the operating system and the method used to install PHP.

For example, on a Linux or macOS system, you can find the PHP executable path by running the following command in the terminal:

which php

On a Windows system, you can use the following command in the Command Prompt:

where php

Take note of the output, as we’ll be using it in the next step.

Step 2: Validate PHP Executable Path in VSCode

Now that we have the PHP executable path, we need to validate it within VSCode. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Visual Studio Code.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner of the window to open the settings menu and select “Settings” (or press Ctrl + ,).
  3. In the search bar, type “php” to filter the settings related to PHP.
  4. Look for the setting named “PHP: Executable Path” and click on the “Edit in settings.json” link right below it.
  5. This will open the settings.json file for your VSCode configuration. Add the following line, replacing /path/to/php with the path you found in Step 1:
"php.executablePath": "/path/to/php"

For example, on a macOS system, the line might look like this:

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

Once you’ve added the line, save the settings.json file and close it.

Step 3: Verify the PHP Executable Path

To verify that the PHP executable path has been correctly set, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new PHP file in VSCode by clicking on “File” > “New File” and save it as test.php.
  2. Add the following code to the test.php file:
echo 'PHP executable path is correctly set!';
  1. Open the integrated terminal in VSCode by clicking on “Terminal” > “New Terminal” (or press Ctrl + `).
  2. Run the following command in the terminal:
php test.php

If everything is set up correctly, you should see the following output in the terminal:

PHP executable path is correctly set!


Now you know how to validate the PHP executable path in Visual Studio Code. This allows you to execute PHP scripts directly from the VSCode environment, ensuring a smoother development experience. Happy coding!