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php – Class 'COM' not found

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I’ve been trying to open a word document in my script, but I get receiving the same error.

 Fatal error: Class 'COM' not found in /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/**/**.php on line 3

My code:


$word = new COM("word.application") or die("Unable to instantiate Word"); 

$word->Visible = 1; 

$temp = $word->Dialogs->Item(228); // returns wdDialogToolsWordCount dialog object
$temp->Execute();   //updates the word count
$numwords = $temp->Words(); //gets the words out of it

echo 'Word count = '.$numwords;



I’ve tried to change php.ini and remove the semicolons from COM section.

path to a file containing GUIDs, IIDs or filenames of files with TypeLibs
com.typelib_file = 
allow Distributed-COM calls
com.allow_dcom = true
autoregister constants of a components typlib on com_load()
com.autoregister_typelib = true
register constants casesensitive
com.autoregister_casesensitive = false
show warnings on duplicate constat registrations
com.autoregister_verbose = true 

and still getting the same error.

I’m using a XAMMP on mac, and a linux based web hosting.

How to&Answers:

From PHP 5.4.5, COM and DOTNET is no longer built into the php core.you have to add COM support in php.ini:


Otherwise you will see this in your error log:
Fatal error: Class ‘COM’ not found

The extension is included with php 5.4.5 for Windows.


See COM Requirements:

COM functions are only available for the Windows version of PHP.

.Net support requires PHP 5 and the .Net runtime.


Using Windows Server2019, Apache 32Bit (C:\Apache24), PHP 32Bit (C:\PHP)

As jross wrote: Full path to php_com_dotnet.dll was the solution for me (extension=C:\PHP\ext\php_com_dotnet.dll).