I spent the last four days looking for the correct way to Connect Apache server (PHP) with Oracle database, unfortunatly I didn’t find any complete article.So in this blog, I’m giving my expernce to connect ‘em 2geth

1. Install Apache server:

I make this step in a seprated blog page, plz check it from this link:Install Apache HTTP server

2. Extract the PHP zip folder:

1. Unzip the PHP file into c:php

2. Copy all the files with the .dll extension to C:WINDOSsystem

3. Copy php5apache2.dll to C:ApacheApache2modules

3. Copy the file php.ini-recommended and then edit it:



1. Open C:php then copy the file php.ini-recommended to C:WINDOWS

2. Rename it to be php.ini then open it with text editor

3. Set the doc_root to be: doc_root = c:apacheapache2htdocs

4. Set the extension_dir to: extension_dir = “C:phpext”

5. Uncomment (Remove the semicolon “;” from the beginning of the line) this line:

session.save_path = “c:/temp”

6. Uncomment the line: extension=php_oci8.dll

4.Edit the http.conf file:

1. Open the httpd file using any text editor, which exist on the path


2. Find the line AllowOverride None and change the None value to be All

3. Look for the line DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var and replace it with this line: DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var index.php

4. Search for a section that has a lot of AddType commands, then added this line: AddType application/x-httpd-php .php so u have a total of 3 AddType command.

5. Search for a section has many Loads and add this line

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to it:

LoadModule php5_module modules/php5apache2.dll


5.Restart the Apache and the oracle database:

1. Restart the apache server using the cmd command (U can do it from the services but using the cmd has the advantage of showing errors while restarting the apache if there is any)

  • Open start -> run -> cmd -> cd c:apacheapache2bin (press enter)
  • The write apache –k restart (Press enter)


2. Restart the Oracle database

Open control panerl -> administrative tools -> services -> the restart all the services starting with Oracle

6. Test the connection:

1. To make the basic connection you need some information from the tnsnames.ora file, so follow the link C:oracleproduct10.2.0db_1NETWORKADMIN Then open it

2. Open textpad page or use any text editor you want the past this code:



if ($c=OCILogon(“system”, “your database password“, $db)) {

echo “Successfully connected to Oracle.n”;


} else {

$err = OCIError();

echo “Connection failed.” . $err[text];



Where the HOST is taken from your tnsnames.ora file and SID value is equal to your database name Then save the file with the name test.php

3. Open web browser page and type on the title:http://localhost/test.php

If it all worked well you will get white page with the result:

Successfully connected to Oracle.

NOTE: Recommended links to download the software’s:

Software Version URL
Oracle Database 10gExpress Edition 10.2 http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/xe/
Apache HTTP Server 2.0.58 http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi
PHP Hypertext Processor 5.1.3 http://www.php.net/downloads.php


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