How to set php executable path php.validate.executablePath in vscode

Created at 11-Feb-2023 , By samar

To set the PHP executable path in Visual Studio Code, you can modify the settings.json file located at E:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Code\User\settings.json. You have to change the user placeholder with your actual username specified in path.

Here's how you can set the PHP executable path in the settings.json file:


Open Visual Studio Code.

Click on the File menu and select Preferences.

Click on Settings.

Search for "PHP Path" in the settings search bar.


You can simply press CTRL + , to open the settings.json file.


Click on "Edit in settings.json" to open the settings.json file.


Add the following line to the settings.json file:

"php.validate.executablePath": "C:\\path\\to\\php.exe"

Replace C:\\path\\to\\php.exe with the actual path to your PHP executable file on your system. Here we use settings.json file to set the php executable path. In JSON and many other programming languages, the backslash (\) is used as an escape character. To represent a literal backslash in a string, you need to escape it by using two consecutive backslashes (\\).

PHP executable path for xampp in settings.json file.


You can copy and paste the above text in place of C:\\path\\to\\php.exe in settings.php file.

List of all paths to php executable for settings.php file should be like below.

XAMPP: C:\\xampp\\php\\php.exe

WAMP: C:\\wamp\\bin\\php\\php.exe

LAMP: C:\\lamp\\php\\php.exe

Laragon: C:\\laragon\\bin\\php\\php-x.x.x\\php.exe

Where x.x.x represents the version number of PHP installed. It's important to note that these paths are just examples and the actual path to the PHP executable on your system may be different.

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