Is It Possible To Utilize Two PHP Versions In XAMPP With PHP?

Yes, it is possible to have multiple PHP versions installed and switch between them in XAMPP. Here’s one way to do it:

  1. Download and install the desired PHP versions on your computer. Ensure that they are installed in separate directories.

  2. Open the XAMPP installation directory and navigate to the "apache" folder. Inside this folder, you will find a file named "httpd.conf". Open this file in a text editor.

  3. In the "httpd.conf" file, search for the line that begins with "LoadModule php". It should look like this: LoadModule php_module "c:/path/to/php/php7apache2_4.dll". Comment out this line by adding a "#" at the beginning.

  4. Below the commented line, add a new line with the full path to the PHP version you want to use. For example: LoadModule php_module "c:/path/to/your/second/php/php7apache2_4.dll".

  5. Save the "httpd.conf" file and exit the text editor.

  6. Open the XAMPP control panel and stop the Apache server if it is currently running.

  7. Rename the existing "php" folder in the XAMPP directory to something else.

  8. Copy the "php" folder from the directory of the second PHP version you installed and paste it into the XAMPP directory.

  9. Restart the Apache server from the XAMPP control panel.

Now, XAMPP should be using the PHP version you specified in the "httpd.conf" file. You can repeat the steps above to switch between different PHP versions by commenting out the existing line and adding a new line with a different PHP module path.

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