QuickPHP lightweight standalone PHP web server to test and debug scripts
This is an exciting little tool! As the author describes it (accurately), it is the most lightweight fully functional standalone PHP web server in the world today!, a PHP server to test and debug your scripts without Apache or IIS. Its author defined the following restrictions, and he managed to comply to all of them: Small size and no installation – No need for .NET framework – Able to handle GET, POST and HEAD requests – It doesn’t require installation of PHP – It supports PHP extensions and PHP.ini
QuickPHP is indeed Ideal for quickly testing your website locally, without the hassle of converting your machine into a web server. It runs as a standalone application without the need to be installed and it serves HTML and PHP files.
After unpacking the (2) files included in the zipped version of QuickPHP, I ran the executable, I defined the root folder (where I keep my php site), and then I directed my browser to http://127.0.0.1:5723/ (Notice the port number, here in bold; without this in the address, you won’t be able to open your page). Everything worked perfectly; and if you need php extensions for MySQL, you can donwload an additional small pack (again no need to install, just place the files to the same directory as QuickPHP).