First, you need to download and install Devserver
- double-click on the downloaded executable
- select an installation folder and follow the instructions
- a shortcut to
Devserveris created on your desktop
- use this shortcut to launch
Devserver(or go to the install folder and click on run-devserver.exe)
Devserveris launched, an icon appears in the Notification Area (next to the clock) - if you don't see the icon, click on Show hidden icons and move the icon next to the clock.
- a right/left-click gives access to various menus or
Two ways :
if you don't need to open the Dashboard, click on Servers > Start / Restart HTTP Server or Start / Restart All Servers (with this option the database server will start as well).
Two ways :
- right/left-click on the icon in the Notification Area, click on Open Dashboard and under DATABASE SERVER click on start
- if you don't need to open the Dashboard, click on Servers > Start / Restart Database Server or Start / Restart All Servers (with this option the http server will start as well).
Your files have to be stored in folders that the server knows. Two options: put them directly in the server document root ("
Portable Directory") or use "
Use this option if you plan to use
Devserver as a portable server. That means that
Devserver is installed on a portable device (USB key, memory stick...) and you use it on several computers (for development, demo, presentation...).
Save your files in this folder: <server-install-folder>\eds-www and open them with your browser thru the
Portable Directory section) or directly at this address: http://127.0.0.1/ (if you chose a port other than 80 use http://127.0.0.1:8080/ if 8080 is your port - change the value accordingly).
- Create the folder in which you want to store your files. This folder can be anywhere on your computer (drive C:, D:...).
- Open the
Dashboardwith your browser (http://127.0.0.1:1111), click on + add directory
- Fill the fields, click on save and wait a few seconds (servers need to restart if they were running).
Now, you can open your files with your browser thru the
Working Directories section).
There are many suitable code editors (text editors specialised for code with syntax highlighting). You can use Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org/), Sublime Text (https://www.sublimetext.com/), Atom (https://atom.io/)...
- Open your code editor
- Create a new file
- Type the structure of an HTML page:
<!doctype html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Your page</title> </head> <body> ... </body> </html>
- Add your PHP code (display the date for example):
<?php echo "The current date is "; echo date("l F d, Y"); ?>
<!doctype html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Your page</title> </head> <body> <?php echo "The current date is "; echo date("l F d, Y"); ?> </body> </html>
- Save your page in the "
Portable Directory" or in a folder declared in "
Working Directories". Don't forget to give it the proper extension :
.php. You can name your file
date.php. Warning : be sure that your system shows file name extensions (read this).
- Open your file with your browser thru the
Dashboard. Your browser should display something like that:
The current date is Sunday April 2, 2017
Devserver is not designed to be used as a production server, but as developing server to test your pages offline before moving them on the hosting server. Indeed, Apache for Windows is a test version, and is not guaranteed for an optimal operation (reliability, load rising, ...) contrary to Unix/Linux based platforms.