Since PHP 5.4 onward; PHP has been geared with a built-in server, which will come in handy when you want to test things quickly or just don’t feel like installing a web server!

This is how it’s done, go in the directory you want to start a web server and type following command.

php -S <IP Address>:<Port>

Replace IP Address with either “localhost” or anything ranging from to and Port with any number as the port number.

php -S localhost:8008

Now if you open localhost:8008 in your browser you should be able to see your PHP files inside the chosen directory; It’s cool isn’t it?

You can learn more about this on PHP built-in server in the PHP website