[SOLVED] PHP is not recognized as an internal or external command


PHP is not recognized as an internal or external command

Have you ever faced this type of error while running PHP command from command prompt? Some PHP files like cron job and socket server, we need to run them from command prompt. Normally this type of error only produce when we use php command in command prompt without setting up PHP path in system environment variable. Thus, it will throw error like PHP is not recognized as an internal or external command. So in this post, i will show you how to setup PHP path in system environment variable and get rid of this error.

PHP is not recognized as an internal or external command error in windows command prompt.

Before continue, I assume that you have already installed PHP in your windows system. If you haven’t then you can checkout our tutorial on how to install PHP in windows using XAMPP.

Now first of all find out PHP path from your system. For XAMPP server, your installed PHP path is (Drive Name):/xampp/php [Drive name should be your xampp installed drive]. If you have installed other PHP environment like WAMP or LAMP then, please check PHP path on google for them.

I have installed XAMPP in E: drive. So my PHP path is E:\xampp\php.

Now open control panel and search for “System” and click on it.


Now click on “Advanced System Settings“.


Now click on “Environment Variables“.


Now select Path in system variables section and click on Edit button.

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Now add PHP path (E:\xampp\php) after (;) semicolon at last as shown below image and click Ok.


Now lets check if error is fixed or not. If you have already opened command prompt, please close and reopen it. Otherwise changes will not reflect on it. Set XAMPP path (E:/xampp) in it.

Now run php -v command to check php version. If everything works fine than you will see version of PHP.


Congratulation you have done it.

I hope that this tutorial helps you. If you have any query regarding this tutorial then please share with me in the comments. I will help you to short it out. Thank you for reading this article.

About Chintan Panchal

I am web developer having 6+ year of experience of web development. Currently working on laravel and have worked on codeigniter, cakephp, symfony. Thank you :)

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16 Comments on “[SOLVED] PHP is not recognized as an internal or external command”

  1. Nor Stackoverflow neither Cpanel website couldn’t help me with this problem, But you did.
    Thank you very much

  2. I stucked one day with this issue…..finally i found the issue..that is the semicolon at the end of the path variable…..now it works fine..Thanks a lot bro…..

  3. Thanks you very much and excellent work. I hope you can support community more than this.
    I spent a whole morning trying fixing this problem and it was very helpful.

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