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I'm using a latest Geany version from official repositories, same with a php5 package. Theres my question:

  • How to run PHP code from Geany in browser (for eg. in Firefox) instead of terminal?

I know, there are some options about what program needs to be runned (terminal, browser, and grep), but I have no idea where it is used.

Edit: 16.03.2013: So, I found something interesting: running php -S localhost:8000 will create a local server with main directory where the file is saved. But I want to make that as flexible as it is in NetBeansIDE, where when I click F5, the browser is opening, and when I close the browser, the server is also shutting down. I tried something like php -S localhost:8000 "%f" && sensible-browser localhost:8000, but it don't even open a browser window/tab. I will be happy if anyone find a solution for this!

Edit: 05.09.2013: I found it :) The build command is: php -S localhost:8080 -t "%p" -e & sensible-browser localhost:8080/"%f"

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Have a search for: webserver, apache, lamp. –  Rinzwind Mar 3 '13 at 14:18
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php doesn't run in the browser, it runs on the server. You need to install a web server with php support. The Ubuntu Server Guide documents this in detail. You can easily get started by installing the libapache2-mod-php5 package

$ sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

And then you can put a php file where the apache server can read and execute it. e.g. /var/www

$ echo '<?php phpinfo(); ?>' > /var/www/test.php

Now visit http:// localhost /test.php and you should see the php info page. (I had to break this url to make askubuntu happy - links cannont contain localhost.)

See also: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/serverguide/php5.html

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Thanks, but it's not what I want. I have already installed 'php5' metapackage, what contains Apatche server and PHP (in version 5.3.x i think). I just want to redirect Geany to that localhost server. Similiar thing is doing in NetBeans IDE. –  Roomy Mar 3 '13 at 18:55
I suggest you ask that question, or maybe I simply don't understand that question. :) –  Jay _silly_evarlast_ Wren Mar 5 '13 at 2:20
You want it to open that localhost page when you click run? –  NoBugs Oct 22 '13 at 6:49
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if you use a webserver always running as a local service (as I do), you can use GeanyLua to convert absolute path to localhost URL path and then open it in a browser, thanks to string patterns (~regexes):

local f = geany.filename()
try to split path in 3 parts: DocRoot parent path, DocRoot, relative path + filename
else open the file with file:// scheme directly
easy to adapt: '/var/www/'…
local s,e,path,p,file = string.find(f,'^(.*)(/Public_html/)(.*)')

if p == '/Public_html/' then
  target = ("" .. file)
  firefox = ('firefox ' .. target .. ' &')
  print('Firefox running')
  firefox = ('firefox "' .. f .. '" &')
  print('Firefox running')

to be saved in "/home/yourname/.config/geany/plugins/geanylua/show-Firefox.lua" on Linux

run it by menu/Tools/Lua Scripts/Show Firefox

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