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Paradigm imperative, object-oriented, Procedural, reflective
Designed by Rasmus Lerdorf
Developer The PHP Group
First appeared 1995; 27 years ago (1995)
Stable release 7.3.6 / May 30, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-05-30)
Typing discipline Dynamic, weak
Implementation language C
OS Cross-platform
License PHP License
Filename extensions .php, .phtml, .php4, .php3, .php5, .php7, .phps, .php-s, .phar
Major implementations
Zend Engine, Phalanger, Quercus, Project Zero, HHVM
Influenced by
C, C++, Java, Perl, Tcl

PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a scripting language that helps people make web pages more interactive by allowing them to do more intelligent, complex things. PHP code is run on the web server.

A website programmed with PHP can have pages that are password protected. A website with no programming cannot do this without other complex things. Standard PHP file extensions are: .php .php3 or .phtml, but a web server can be set up to use any extension.

Its structure was influenced by many languages like C, Perl, Java, C++, and even Python. It is considered to be free software by the Free Software Foundation.


PHP was first created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995. It is now developed and improved by a large team of people. Its name at first stood for Personal Home Page, but it was later changed to PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor; using its old acronym in the new name.


An example Hello World program:

echo "Hello, World!";

It is common to put PHP code inside a HTML document, for example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
                <title>Hello World</title>
                <?= '<p>Hello World</p>'; ?>

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