If you are getting “php is not recognized as an internal or external command” from your Microsoft Windows Command Prompt on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
Then you need to add php folder location path to the system environment variables. this post is going to show you how to add php to system path.
Download & Install PHP
If you have not installed PHP on your system or any package like XAMPP, WAMPP, or MAMP then simply download latest version of Thread Safe PHP, unzip it and put it in your preferred drive folder.
Copy to PHP folder location path
Open “This PC” on Windows 10 or my computer on windows 7 and locate your php folder in respective software package. I am using xampp
Now, Copy the php folder 📂 path
Windows 10 System Environment Variables
Hit the Windows Key on your keyboard and type “variables” and you should see “system environment variables” option from control panel, now hit “Enter” key on your keyboard.
Now locate “Environment Variables”
Edit User 👤 & System 💻 Environment Variables Path
On this new window, select the ‘Path’ under user/system environment variable and hit “Edit” button
Now on the edit windows, click “New” button 🔳 on the right and paste the php folder location path
You are done. Just relaunch the Windows Command Prompt and type
Now you should get something like this…
Watch me fix “php is not recognized as an internal or external command”