How do I properly execute commands in the command line using php? For example I’m using the command below in the command line to convert a docx file into a pdf file:
Now using PHP code I want to be able to execute the same command but nothing seems to be happening:
<?php shell_exec('pdfcreator.exe /PF"D:\Documents\sample.docx"'); ?>
Is this possible in PHP?If yes, how do I do it?
Don’t forget to escape your command with escapeshellcmd(). This will prevent you from having to use ugly backslashes and escape characters.
There are also other alternatives which may work:
`command` // back ticks drop you out of PHP mode into shell exec('command', $output); // exec will allow you to capture the return of a command as reference shell_exec('command'); // will return the output to a variable system(); //as seen above.
Also, make sure your .exe is included within your $PATH variable. If not, include the full path for the command.