How to Fix Apache Not Executing PHP Files

Sometimes Apache web server displays PHP files without actually executing the code in them. In this case, users don’t see the result of executed PHP but the underlying code. It can pose security risks to expose your website’s code to visitors. This is a common problem especially if you are using Apache/PHP for the first time. In this article, we will look at how to fix Apache not executing PHP files.


How to Fix Apache Not Executing PHP Files

Here are the steps to get Apache to execute PHP files.


1. Update Apache configuration file

Open terminal and open Apache configuration file.

$ sudo vi /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Add the following lines to the bottom of your file.

<FilesMatch \.php$> 
SetHandler application/x-httpd-php 
‚Äč</FilesMatch>

Save and exit the file.

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2. Disable & Enable modules

To get PHP execution working properly, you need to disable and then enable mpm_event_module, and enable mpm_prefork and php7 modules.

$ sudo a2dismod mpm_event && sudo a2enmod mpm_prefork && sudo a2enmod php7.0

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3. Restart Apache Server

Restart Apache Server to apply changes.

$ sudo service apache2 restart

That’s it. Now open your browser and go to your website. You should see PHP code being executed properly. Apache is a powerful web server that offers plenty of useful features.

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