Can we run a PHP file without a server or without a browser?

One word answer to this question is simply YES.

PHP is just a scripting language like others. Most of the people when hear about PHP, they think of websites first. But it can serve many other purpose. Of course it is actively and primarily being used for web development.

PHP is a server side scripting language, which means it runs on a server ( more precisely a web server). However one can write programs in PHP without having a web server at all.

Yes, by installing a CLI application you can print out the response in the terminal.

If you’re using a Debian based OS then,

This will install the PHP CLI you can then run the programs by,

You also can run php script without installing CLI like,

Bear in mind that the PHP script may get errors or display HTML code in the console… depending for what context it was meant to run.

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