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The easiest way to run a PHP script / website

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The easiest way to run a PHP script / website

The situation: you wish to run a piece of standard PHP code (no dependency) like the one below:


echo "<h2>Incorrect, silent bug</h2>";

print_r(json_decode(utf8_decode("Ipso lorem"), true));

echo "<h2>Incorrect, we got an exception</h2>";

print_r(json_decode(utf8_decode("Ipso lorem"), true, 512, JSON_THROW_ON_ERROR));

The easiest way is to:

  • Create a temporary directory like mkdir /tmp/snippet && cd $_,
  • Create an index.php file there (with your snippet like here above),
  • Run this command in the console: docker run -d -p 8080:80 -u ${UID}:${GID} -v "$PWD":/var/www/html php:7.4-apache and,
  • Surf to

It's done.

Explanations for the docker run -d -p 8080:80 -v "$PWD":/var/www/html php:7.4-apache command:

  • We wish to make the local website accessible on port 8080 (so,
  • We wish to synchronize the current folder (i.e. /tmp/snippet) with the Docker container so changes in any file in /tmp/snippet will be immediately reflected in Docker and thus in your browser,
  • And we wish to use php:8.2-apache. Just replace with f.i. php:7.4-apache to switch to an older version.