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I added php to the PATH environment var. Showing here my last three entries in the path input:

C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin;C:\Program Files\TortoiseGit\bin;C:\xampp\php\

Somehow when I run php -v in the cmd I still get the not recognized as an internal or external command error.

Any ideas on how should I fix this?

xampp php folder screenshot

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Check if php.exe is in `C:\xampp\php` or some subfolder there – Marko D Mar 12 '13 at 22:28
Pretty sure it's there. Added a screenshot. – Zubzob Mar 12 '13 at 22:38
Reopen your cmd window after you have added the path, then the change will have an effect – Michel Feldheim Mar 12 '13 at 22:44
I think you need to restart the computer to take effect the changes you have made in path. – The Alpha Mar 12 '13 at 22:47
Try replacing the path with only the xampp directory. You can do this in the command shell so there's no need to trash your computer's environment or restart. I assume you are trying to run php from the shell rather than the windows 'run' dialog. This might seem like a weird thing to ask, but does it work if you use an explict path: c:\xampp\php\php.exe -v? – paddy Mar 13 '13 at 3:31
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It works now. The problem was that extra slash at the end (in the PATH environment variable).

I tried with:

C:\Program Files\TortoiseGit\bin;C:\xampp\php\

but it didn't work, then with

C:\Program Files\TortoiseGit\bin; C:\xampp\php

but it didn't work also (notice the extra space before 'C:..').


C:\Program Files\TortoiseGit\bin;C:\xampp\php

did the trick.

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Still doesn't work for me :( Any other tips? – Enke Sep 17 '13 at 14:17
@Enke try adding full path C:\xampp\php\php.exe, This could be the problem/ – PHP Mentor Nov 20 '15 at 16:40

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