obfuscation php

Convert a PHP script into a stand-alone windows executable


I want to automate a fairly simple task. For this I have written a small PHP script which I run from the command line using PHP-CLI. Now I want to hand over this script to someone but I do not want to:

  • give away the source code
  • ask him to install PHP on the system

Is there a way to create a .exe version of the PHP script. I am really not much worried about de-compilation; I am more worried about asking people to install and configure PHP.


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    have you heard about bamcompile (r) ?

    May 13, 2013 at 5:38

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    Have been using Bambalam for a number of years. It’s been stalled for about forever now – and more to the point, it’s only compatible with PHP4.4.4. However, as long as you don’t require UTF8 support and similar and can deal with broken foreach() and some others, it should work for you. Do note that it’s impossible to deal with, say, UTF8 filenames in a directory, with PHP4.4.4. Also remember it creates files in %TEMP% that are never removed (php[0-F]{2}.tmp), you will need to clean these up.

    Jun 4, 2017 at 23:18

  • PHP’s binaries can run portably. You can just tell people to extract an entire folder and create a batch file that executes something like “php.exe -c php.ini script.php”.

    Mar 6, 2018 at 11:19



Peachpie is PHP 7 compiler based on Roslyn by Microsoft and drawing from popular Phalanger. It allows PHP to be executed within the .NET/.NETCore by compiling the PHP code to pure MSIL.


Phalanger is a project which was started at Charles University in Prague and was supported by Microsoft. It compiles source code written in the PHP scripting language into CIL (Common Intermediate Language) byte-code. It handles the beginning of a compiling process which is completed by the JIT compiler component of the .NET Framework. It does not address native code generation nor optimization. Its purpose is to compile PHP scripts into .NET assemblies, logical units containing CIL code and meta-data.


Bambalam PHP EXE Compiler/Embedder is a free command line tool to convert PHP applications to standalone Windows .exe applications. The exe files produced are totally standalone, no need for php dlls etc. The php code is encoded using the Turck MMCache Encode library so it’s a perfect solution if you want to distribute your application while protecting your source code. The converter is also suitable for producing .exe files for windowed PHP applications (created using for example the WinBinder library). It’s also good for making stand-alone PHP Socket servers/clients (using the php_sockets.dll extension).
It’s NOT really a compiler in the sense that it doesn’t produce native machine code from PHP sources, but it works!


ZZEE PHPExe compiles PHP, HTML, Javascript, Flash and other web files into Windows GUI exes. You can rapidly develop Windows GUI applications by employing the familiar PHP web paradigm. You can use the same code for online and Windows applications with little or no modification. It is a Commercial product.


The PHP extension bcompiler is used to compile PHP script code into PHP bytecode. This bytecode can be included just like any php file as long as the bcompiler extension is loaded. Once all the bytecode files have been created, a modified Embeder is used to pack all of the project files into the program exe.


  • php5ts.dll
  • php_win32std.dll
  • php_bcompiler.dll
  • php-embed.ini



WinBinder – no longer available



WinBinder is an open source extension to PHP, the script programming language. It allows PHP programmers to easily build native Windows applications, producing quick and rewarding results with minimum effort. Even short scripts with a few dozen lines can generate a useful program, thanks to the power and flexibility of PHP.


PHP Desktop is an open source project founded by Czarek Tomczak in 2012 to provide a way for developing native desktop applications using web technologies such as PHP, HTML5, JavaScript & SQLite. This project is more than just a PHP to EXE compiler, it embeds a web-browser (Internet Explorer or Chrome embedded), a Mongoose web-server and a PHP interpreter. The development workflow you are used to remains the same, the step of turning an existing website into a desktop application is basically a matter of copying it to “www/” directory. Using SQLite database is optional, you could embed mysql/postgresql database in application’s installer.

PHP Nightrain

Using PHP Nightrain you will be able to deploy and run HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP web applications as a native desktop application on Windows, Mac and the Linux operating systems. Popular PHP Frameworks (e.g. CakePHP, Laravel, Drupal, etc…) are well supported!

phc-win “fork”

A more-or-less forked version of phc-win, it uses the same techniques as phc-win but supports almost all modern PHP versions. (5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, etc) It also can use Enigma VB to combine the php5ts.dll with your exe, aswell as UPX compress it. Lastly, it has win32std and winbinder compilied statically into PHP.


Another option is to use

an online compiler that can build executables for a number of different platforms, from a number of different languages including PHP


TideSDK is actually the renamed Titanium Desktop project. Titanium remained focused on mobile, and abandoned the desktop version, which was taken over by some people who have open sourced it and dubbed it TideSDK.

Generally, TideSDK uses HTML, CSS and JS to render applications, but it supports scripted languages like PHP, as a plug-in module, as well as other scripting languages like Python and Ruby.


  • I can confirm that phc-win works for creating console exe file with PHP 5.3 code. Just have the PHP script in same folder as php-win exe is.

    – Dejv

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:02

  • I used bambalam compiler. It’s pretty cool and easy and also support win-builder, but do not support php5 🙁

    – m3nda

    Feb 23, 2014 at 1:37

  • PHP-Nightrain is an very good alternative to PHPDesktop – and is cross-platform (Windows, OSX, Linux). While it had a bad reputation because of the dependency on Java, it has now switched to Python as a wrapper, and is a very good choice for developing cross-platform software based on PHP. —

    – Taapo

    Oct 19, 2014 at 14:02

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    Just lost a all sunday with a Bambalam problem/beaviour. In this install it executes like 50 time a day. It creates temporary files with fixed name size he never deletes (4 chars)… result no more free file names. Sysinternals procmon helped figure out what happened. Was not easy and leaves a bad vibe on Bambalam.

    – João

    May 24, 2015 at 15:57

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    great job men! I will try some of them. Which is the best for use mysql database with php site?

    – garatu

    Feb 21, 2016 at 1:52


I had problems with most of the tools in other answers as they are all very outdated.

If you need a solution that will “just work”, pack a bare-bones version of php with your project in a WinRar SFX archive, set it to extract everything to a temporary directory and execute php your_script.php.

To run a basic script, the only files required are php.exe and php5.dll (or php5ts.dll depending on version).

To add extensions, pack them along with a php.ini file:

extension_dir = "."


  • hi your solution is very interesting. Is similar to quickphp web server. Do you have simple example for that? I’m hoping you could provide a source. Nice idea by the way.

    Oct 9, 2017 at 7:05

  • This is really interesting! But the thing is, that OP does not want to “give away the source code”, and even a rookie could just extract the script from SFX.

    May 7, 2020 at 11:53


I tried most of solution given in the 1st answer, the only one that worked for me and is non-commercial is php-desktop.

I simply put my php files in the www/ folder, changed the name of .exe and was able to run my php as an exe !!

Also there is a complete documentation, up to date support, windows and linux (and soon mac) compatibility and options can easily be changed.