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6 ways to check which version of PHP you are running

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6 ways to check which version of PHP you are running

Introduction

Checking which version of PHP you are running is a crucial information to know as a developer. This will determine which features you can use in your code, as well as which library, framework or CMS you can choose.

How to check which version of PHP you are using

Using phpversion()

Checking the version of PHP using phpversion.

To check which version of PHP you are running, you use the phpversion() function. It returns a single string containing the precious information.

<?php echo phpversion(); ?>

Using phpinfo()

Checking the version of PHP using phpinfo.

To check which version of PHP you are running, use the phpinfo() function. It will show you a web page containing every bit of information you might need about your installation of PHP.

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Using the terminal on macOS, Linux and WSL

Checking the version of PHP using the terminal on macOS and Linux.

To check which version of PHP you are running using your terminal on macOS or Linux, use the php -v command. It’s simple and straightforward, the version of PHP is the first thing in the output.

php -v

Using the command prompt on Windows

To check which version of PHP you are running using your Windows command prompt, use the php -v command. It’s as simple and straightforward as in the previous section.

php -v

Using Laravel’s welcome page

Checking the version of PHP using Laravel’s homepage.

To check which version of PHP you are running using Laravel’s welcome page, just look at the bottom right corner. It’s that simple.

Using Laravel Artisan

Checking the version of PHP using Laravel Artisan.

To check which version of PHP you are running using Laravel, use the php artisan about command. It will show you the version of PHP, including various information about your setup.

php artisan about
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