## Getting PHP on the command line

October 23rd, 2007 | Categories: Linux, programming | Tags:

I don’t know very much about PHP. In fact it is probably more accurate to say that I don’t know anything about programming in PHP and yet, earlier today, I found myself in need of being able to type in simple PHP scripts and run them on the command line. A quick google search later and I find that I need to issue the following command in Ubuntu

apt-get install php5-cli

Now I can write little scripts like this one (which I called md5.php) and run them on the command line

#!/usr/bin/php -q
<?php
$arg=$_SERVER["argv"][1];
echo md5(\$arg),"\n";
?>


./md5.php hello
5d41402abc4b2a76b9719d911017c592

I mention it because I might forget about it and looking up on here is quicker for me than googling it.