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apache – apache2 on ubuntu – php files downloading

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


On my new Ubuntu system, I’ve managed to get Apache2 up and running for developing my ZendFramework Web Applications…

I’ve got my available-sites config working correctly because I am able to request localhost and it servers up the correct index.html from my specified directory.

Problem : if I request index.php, firefox attempts to download the file instead of running the script.

Any Ideas why this would happen?

I’ve added the following to httpd.conf but it hasn’t helped.

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php5 .php4 .php .php3 .php2 .phtml

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php5 .php4 .php .php3 .php2 .phtml
How to&Answers:

if firefox downloads your php files it means that your server doesnt have php or the apache php module installed.

have you install apache php module?
if not, then install it, by typing this into a terminal:

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

and if yes, do you have your index.php located in /var/www/?

Make sure to enable php with the command

sudo a2enmod php5


If you are using userdir (http://localhost/~user/phpinfo.php) you will want to:

vi /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf


<IfModule mod_userdir.c>
   <Directory /home/*/public_html>
       php_admin_value engine Off

to comment the php_admin_value

<IfModule mod_userdir.c>
   <Directory /home/*/public_html>
       #php_admin_value engine Off


service apache2 restart


For me, the solution was to create the following 2 symbolic links:

ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/php5.conf /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/mods-available/php5.load /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.load

and to restart Apache:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Hitting the http://my_server/test.php file, which has contents:


came right up, and the browser didn’t try to download the php file. Didn’t have to restart the browser, either.


You need to enable the PHP extension. Do this with the command sudo a2enmod php.


I’ll assume you installed PHP already and installed the PHP module for Apache here…

Did you restart apache? If not: sudo service apache2 restart

Make sure that your httpd.conf file is also being executed. If necessary, restart it after making an edit that would cause an error on load. If it doesn’t fail to restart, it’s not running the .conf file.

If the problem still continues, close your browser, reopen it, and clear your cache. It might be the browser just caching the page response.


I have installed php 7.0 and getting the dailog box. I have installed apache php module for 7.0 version and it fix my problem.

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php7.0