How to install PHP to run as FastCGI on Windows 10

Make sure you have installed Apache web server and it's running on your system without any problem.

Download PHP Non Thread Safe version from

After download finished, extract it into your computer and rename the folder with "php", copy it into your Apache folder "C:\apache"

Create a new folder in D drive name it "MyWebs" we will set this as a new Apache Document Root

In the "C:\apache\php" folder, find and rename "php.ini-production" to "php.ini"

Double click to open it and find the following line:

doc_root =

Add path to the MyWebs folder we've just created:

doc_root = "d:\mywebs"

Find the next line:

; extension_dir = "ext"

Uncomment it and add path to the PHP extensions directory:

extension_dir = "c:\apache\php\ext"

By default PHP uses Windows temp to store session and upload data. We can move them to Apache directory.

Create a new folder in "C:\apache" name it "temp" inside the "temp" folder create 2 folders name them "upload" and "session" Now we got 2 new folders "C:\apache\temp\upload" and "C:\apache\temp\session"

Still in the PHP configuration file (php.ini) find the below line:

;upload_tmp_dir =

Uncomment it and add path to the upload folder:

upload_tmp_dir= "C:\apache\temp\upload"

And the next line:

;session.save_path = "/tmp"

Uncomment it and add path to the session folder:

session.save_path= "C:\apache\temp\session"

Save the PHP configuration.

Configuring Apache Server with PHP.

Download FastCGI ASF module ( from, you can find it in the Apache modules section

Extract it and copy the into the Apache modules folder C:\Apache\modules

Open up Apache Configuration file, located at C:\apache\conf\httpd.conf

Find DocumentRoot and Directory

DocumentRoot "c:/Apache/htdocs"
<Directory "c:/Apache/htdocs">

Replace the path to the PHP doc_root we created earlier

DocumentRoot "d:/mywebs"
<Directory "d:/mywebs">

PHP Module 02

Still in the <Directory "d:/mywebs"> replace the foolowing line:

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

With these lines:

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks ExecCGI
AddHandler fcgid-script .php
FcgidWrapper c:/apache/php/php-cgi.exe .php


Next, find DirectoryIndex as follows:

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.html

Add index.php to the line

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

PHP Module 02

At the end of the httpd.conf add the following lines:

#LoadModule fcgid_module modules/
#FcgidInitialEnv PHPRC "C:/Apache/php"

PHP Module 02

Restart the Apache Server.

Testing PHP run as FastCGI

Open up Notepad, copy and paste the code below:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Save the file into Apache document root "D:\MyWebs" as "phpinfo.php"

Open up browser, in the address bar type in "http://localhost/phpinfo.php" and Enter.

FastCGI PHP Test

If you did it right, you should see something like the image above.

Here is a video on YouTube How to install PHP as FastCGI under Apache on Windows 10

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