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Is there any way to run PHP on Android

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I’ve tried to open my PHP script in the built in Android browser, but I only see my code, as text, and the PHP doesn’t run. Why is that ?

How can I run PHP on my Android device ? Is there a way to set up PHP and a web server on an Android device ?

How to&Answers:

Okay, this is a bit of a personal recommendation, but I’ve had success with the free Palapa Web Server (edit: doesn’t seem to be on the playstore anymore, but here’s the creator’s website in case it helps you find it), which is essentially a web / mysql server which runs on Android, which will run your PHP scripts, and it will also work offline.

To use it, install the app, and copy your PHP / HTML files onto your phone. By default, the app uses /sdcard/pws/www/, so if you put your files there, it should pick them up. Then, launch the app, click “Start server”, and go to with your web browser on your android device, and it should work.

Note that setting up PHPMyAdmin (if you need that for managing databases) can be a bit tricky, as you will need to download the extra packages for it.

Let me know if it works for you. (Note: I’m not affiliated with this app, I’m just a mostly satisfied user.)