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 php(1)                         The PHP Group                         php(1)
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      php - PHP Command Line Interface 'CLI'

      php-cgi - PHP Common Gateway Interface 'CGI' command

      php [options] [ -f ] file [[--] args...] php [options] -r code [[--]
      args...] php [options] [-B begin_code] -R code [-E end_code] [[--]
      args...] php [options] [-B begin_code] -F file [-E end_code] [[--]
      args...] php [options] -- [ args...] php [options] -a php [options] -S
      addr:port [-t docroot]

      PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is
      especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
      This is the command line interface that enables you to do the

      You can parse and execute files by using parameter -f followed by the
      name of the file to be executed.  Using parameter -r you can directly
      execute PHP code simply as you would do inside a .php file when using
      the eval() function.  It is also possible to process the standard
      input line by line using either the parameter -R or -F. In this mode
      each separate input line causes the code specified by -R or the file
      specified by -F to be executed.  You can access the input line by
      $argn. While processing the input lines $argi contains the number of
      the actual line being processed. Further more the parameters -B and -E
      can be used to execute code (see -r) before and after all input lines
      have been processed respectively. Notice that the input is read from
      STDIN and therefore reading from STDIN explicitly changes the next
      input line or skips input lines.  PHP also contains an built-in web
      server for application development purpose. By using the -S option
      where addr:port point to a local address and port PHP will listen to
      HTTP requests on that address and port and serve files from the
      current working directory or the docroot passed by the -t option.  If
      none of -r -f -B -R -F -E or -S is present but a single parameter is
      given then this parameter is taken as the filename to parse and
      execute (same as with -f). If no parameter is present then the
      standard input is read and executed.

      -a             Run PHP interactively. This lets you enter snippets of
                     PHP code that directly get executed. When readline
                     support is enabled you can edit the lines and also have
                     history support.

      --bindpath address:port|port
      -b address:port|port

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 php(1)                         The PHP Group                         php(1)
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                     Bind Path for external FASTCGI Server mode (CGI only).

      -C             Do not chdir to the script's directory (CGI only).

      -q             Quiet-mode. Suppress HTTP header output (CGI only).

      --timing count
      -T count       Measure execution time of script repeated count times
                     (CGI only).

      --php-ini path|file
      -c path|file   Look for php.ini file in the directory path or use the
                     specified file

      -n             No php.ini file will be used

      --define foo[=bar]
      -d foo[=bar]   Define INI entry foo with value bar

      -e             Generate extended information for debugger/profiler

      --file file
      -f file        Parse and execute file

      -h             This help

      -H             Hide script name (file) and parameters (args...) from
                     external tools. For example you may want to use this
                     when a php script is started as a daemon and the
                     command line contains sensitive data such as passwords.

      -i             PHP information and configuration

      -l             Syntax check only (lint)

      -m             Show compiled in modules

      --run code
      -r code        Run PHP code without using script tags '<?..?>'

      --process-begin code

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 php(1)                         The PHP Group                         php(1)
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      -B begin_code  Run PHP begin_code before processing input lines

      --process-code code
      -R code        Run PHP code for every input line

      --process-file file
      -F file        Parse and execute file for every input line

      --process-end code
      -E end_code    Run PHP end_code after processing all input lines

      -s             Output HTML syntax highlighted source

      --server addr:port
      -S addr:port   Start built-in web server on the given local address
                     and port

      --docroot docroot
      -t docroot     Specify the document root to be used by the built-in
                     web server

      -v             Version number

      -w             Output source with stripped comments and whitespace

      --zend-extension file
      -z file        Load Zend extension file

      args...        Arguments passed to script. Use '--' args when first
                     argument starts with '-' or script is read from stdin

      --rfunction    name
      --rf           name Shows information about function name

      --rclass       name
      --rc           name Shows information about class name

      --rextension   name
      --re           name Shows information about extension name

      --rz           name Shows information about Zend extension name

      --rextinfo     name
      --ri           name Shows configuration for extension name

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 php(1)                         The PHP Group                         php(1)
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      --ini          Show configuration file names

      php-cli.ini    The configuration file for the CLI version of PHP.

      php.ini        The standard configuration file will only be used when
                     php-cli.ini cannot be found.

      php -r 'echo "Hello World0;'
           This command simply writes the text "Hello World" to standard

      php -r 'print_r(gd_info());'
           This shows the configuration of your gd extension. You can use
           this to easily check which image formats you can use. If you have
           any dynamic modules you may want to use the same ini file that
           php uses when executed from your webserver. There are more
           extensions which have such a function. For dba use:
           php -r 'print_r(dba_handlers(1));'

      php -R 'echo strip_tags($argn)."0;'
           This PHP command strips off the HTML tags line by line and
           outputs the result. To see how it works you can first look at the
           following PHP command 'php -d html_errors=1 -i' which uses PHP to
           output HTML formatted configuration information. If you then
           combine those two 'php ...|php ...' you'll see what happens.

      php -E 'echo "Lines: $argi0;'
           Using this PHP command you can count the lines being input.

      php -R '@$l+=count(file($argn));' -E 'echo "Lines:$l0;'
           In this example PHP expects each input line being a file. It
           counts all lines of the files specified by each input line and
           shows the summarized result. You may combine this with tools like
           find and change the php scriptlet.

      php -R 'echo "$argn0; fgets(STDIN);'
           Since you have access to STDIN from within -B -R -F and -E you
           can skip certain input lines with your code. But note that in
           such cases $argi only counts the lines being processed by php
           itself. Having read this you will guess what the above program
           does: skipping every second input line.

      You can use a shebang line to automatically invoke php from scripts.
      Only the CLI version of PHP will ignore such a first line as shown

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 php(1)                         The PHP Group                         php(1)
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            // your script

      For a more or less complete description of PHP look here:

      You can view the list of known bugs or report any new bug you found

      The PHP Group: Thies C. Arntzen, Stig Bakken, Andi Gutmans, Rasmus
      Lerdorf, Sam Ruby, Sascha Schumann, Zeev Suraski, Jim Winstead, Andrei

      Additional work for the CLI sapi was done by Edin Kadribasic, Marcus
      Boerger and Johannes Schlueter.

      A List of active developers can be found here:

      And last but not least PHP was developed with the help of a huge
      amount of contributors all around the world.

      This manpage describes php, version 5.6.31.

      Copyright c 1997-2016 The PHP Group This source file is subject to
      version 3.01 of the PHP license, that is bundled with this package in
      the file LICENSE, and is available through the world-wide-web at the
      following url:

      If you did not receive a copy of the PHP license and are unable to
      obtain it through the world-wide-web, please send a note to so we can mail you a copy immediately.

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