PHP File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a PHP file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .PHP files.

What is a PHP file?

A .PHP file is a PHP source file. PHP is a scripting language that is often used to develop various web pages and Internet applications. PHP files are processed by a web server when you request a web page, and they return an HTML page to your web browser.

Oftentimes web pages will use PHP files in order to process their online forms or to access information from an online database. For example, when you sign up for a mailing list or submit contact details to a website, you may be doing so via a PHP scripted form.

How to open PHP files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension PHP for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different PHP openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension PHP

While we know of one file format using the .PHP file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .PHP file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of PHP files. Remember, different programs may use PHP files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Adobe DreamweaverAdobe DreamweaverUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
The Print ShopThe Print ShopUser submitted
PrintMasterPrintMasterUser submitted
Macromedia Dreamweaver MXMacromedia Dreamweaver MXUser submitted
Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
UltraEditUltraEditUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PHP-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with PHP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!