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PHP : Installation and Configuration : Installation on Windows systems : ActiveScript


This section contains notes specific to the ActiveScript installation.

ActiveScript is a Windows only SAPI that enables you to use PHP script in any ActiveScript compliant host, like Windows Script Host, ASP/ASP.NET, Windows Script Components or Microsoft Scriptlet control.

As of PHP 5.0.1, ActiveScript has been moved to the PECL repository. The DLL for this PECL extension may be downloaded from either the PHP Downloads page or from


You should read the manual installation steps first!

After installing PHP, you should download the ActiveScript DLL (php5activescript.dll) and place it in the main PHP folder (e.g. C:\php).

After having all the files needed, you must register the DLL on your system. To achieve this, open a Command Prompt window (located in the Start Menu). Then go to your PHP directory by typing something like cd C:\php. To register the DLL just type regsvr32 php5activescript.dll.

To test if ActiveScript is working, create a new file, named test.wsf (the extension is very important) and type:

<job id="test">

<script language="PHPScript">
$WScript->Echo("Hello World!");


Save and double-click on the file. If you receive a little window saying "Hello World!" you're done.


In PHP 4, the engine was named 'ActivePHP', so if you are using PHP 4, you should replace 'PHPScript' with 'ActivePHP' in the above example.


ActiveScript doesn't use the default php.ini file. Instead, it will look only in the same directory as the .exe that caused it to load. You should create php-activescript.ini and place it in that folder, if you wish to load extensions, etc.

Code Examples / Notes »


There is another way to execute a PHP ActiveScript:
1/ In explorer, open menu "Tools/Folder Options"
2/ Go to tab "File Type"
3/ Click on "New" button and enter a file extension ( PHS for my sample ), you can also select "PHPScript" in "Advanced" button. Then OK, a new file extension is registered.
4/ In tab "File Type" select the new extension and click on button "Advanced". A new dialog box is open.
5/ Click on "New" button and fill edit box with:
 Action: Run
 Application to use: C:\WIN2K\system32\wscript.exe //E:PHPScript "%1" "%2"
That's all !!
Now, your code don't need XML tag at the begining. Hello work in test.phs will be:
$WScript->Echo("Bonjour le monde !");


Other option is this:
Copy this text, save with extension .reg and execute.
***** Begin of file don't include
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="wscript.exe //E:PHPScript \"%1\" \"%2\""
***** End of file don't include

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