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windows – ‘php.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


‘php.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Why does that error occur even though I’ve added PHP to my environment variables?

My environment variable PATH is shown below:

C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common;C:\Program
Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Program Files\PC

I’m using Windows 7.

How to&Answers:

I think you need to change it to A:\xampp\php\ and just leave it there, then it will search the directory for the file, also: have you tried calling just php instead of php.exe and check that the directory is correct.



The PATH environment variable must contain paths only, not file names.

Make that



it is very easy to do
You need to also add php.exe
Adding this path:
windows key + pause
click on Advance system settings
click Environment Variable
System variables part -> Path -> Edit and the add
close you cmd prompt if its open
It’s Done!


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View above screen shot for setup enviroment variable in window 7

Note:- After setup enviroment variable please restart you computer then its will work fine


Shouldn’t the last part be: C:\xampp\php\ ? Unless you remapped your drives, A is the floppy disk. 🙂

Also, you need to specify the folder, not the exe file itself.


My case am Using Bitnami Ruby Stack apache Web server ,

  1. Pressed Windows key + Pause/Break Button
  2. Clicked advanced system settings
  3. Click Environment Variables
  4. Under System variables > edit PATH variable by adding C:\Bitnami\rubystack-1.9.3-24\php
  5. Click Ok to close the Environment Variable window
  6. Close your command prompt if open

    *(Proceed to 7. to confirm if php is installed)

  7. Press Windows Key + R button to open your cmd
  8. Type php -v to view your php version
    Confirm installed php version


Set PHP as environment variable from System as below to run it from CMD

1)Windows key + Pause
2)Click on Advanced system settings
3)Now click on Environment Variables.. button  
4)In system variable section search for Path and edit it as D:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.13;(If one needs to append it to some already exits value then start path with;)
5)Now open CMD and run command PHP from any path where you don’t have PHP installed , in my case it’s C drive.
6)We can check above set Path from CMD using Path command also.


If you have installed WAMP server, then your path can vary. For example, I installed WAMP and the path to my php.exe turned out to be:


To make it work, I entered the following path in the PATH variable of the System Variables:


Once done, I restarted command prompt and everything worked fine.

So the path can vary depending upon how you installed PHP. If you would like to install WAMP server and have it install other essential packages like PHPMyAdmin, etc. you may do so from: wampserver.com


In my case, environment path is C:\ProgramData\Drush\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Drush\Php; and it works for me.

If I simply add C:\xampp\php\ dint work for me.

I hope if someone facing this issue can try this suggestion.