Bambalam PHP EXE
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[-options] infile.php [outfile.exe]
[-options] project_directory mainfile.php
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-c Compress output exe (using UPX
- must be available)
-d Do not encode PHP
1.1 2006-06-09 Added the php_sockets extension to
the static build + minor bugfixes
- What is
Bambalam PHP EXE Compiler/Embedder is a free command
line tool to convert PHP applications to standalone Windows .exe
applications. The exe files produced are totally standalone, no need
for php dlls etc. The php code is encoded using the Turck MMCache Encode
library so it's a perfect solution if you want to distribute
your application while protecting your source code. The converter is
also suitable for producing .exe files for windowed PHP applications
(created using for example the WinBinder library, or with PHP-GTK). It's also good for making
stand-alone PHP Socket servers/clients (the php_sockets extension is
included in the static build).
It's NOT really a compiler in
the sense that it doesn't produce native machine code from PHP
sources, but it works!
- How does it
The converter embeds encoded PHP source files as
resources in a generic statically compiled PHP launcher executable.
It also has an option to compress the final exe using the UPX executable compressor.
Simple console applications end up with an executable at a size of
- Does "compiled" PHP applications run
Theoretically it should. Having libraries linked
statically and encoding files (Turck MMCache encodes PHP sources as
PHP bytecode, I think) should contribute to faster applications. But
I haven't done any decent tests on it.
- What about
PHP applications with more than one source file?
problem, the converter is able to embed a whole project directory.
- What about accessing the embedded files from
You can access the embedded files just as you're
used to. The PHP runtime used has been modified so that when you're
accessing a file it first tries to access it the usual way (by
looking in the path outside the .exe) and if the files aren't found
there it looks for it in the embedded filelist.
the INCLUDE statement works just as it should?
long as you include stuff using relative paths.
What PHP version is supported?
Currently, the converter
uses a PHP runtime based on PHP 4.4.2
- What about
PHP 5 support?
I haven't got around to it, but I
probably will! But PHP 4.4.2 works in most cases, and the PHP 4
runtimes produces alot smaller standalone exe files than PHP 5 would
do. But as I said, just wait for it.
libraries are included?
The following libraries are
included in this version:
libraries are included is probably going to change based on your
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- What about PHP.INI? Can I embed that as
Yes, just include the php.ini in your project
directory. That way, you can add extensions to your application. The
dll files for the extra extensions can't be embedded though. Make
sure you set the extension_dir setting to something relative,
extension_dir = "" works fine.
- What about PHP-GTK
PHP-GTK apps should work just fine as long
as you supply all the needed GTK extensions and libraries. Make sure
you have the libraries for the correct PHP version (currently
4.4.2). PHP-GTK isn't statically included (it's way too complex), if
you're developing for the windows platform only then maybe you
should have a look at WinBinder instead.
- What about license? Just how free is this
Well, I guess that the tool is released as open
source under the PHP License. Sources are available on the website.
I don't really know much about licensing :), let's just say that
it's free, and I don't want to get sued. Ok?
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