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I created a public_html folder on my webserver at home and when I try to open php files on the browser tries to download the file instead of displaying. HTML files open fine and when i move the php file to /var/www it works fine. Any help would be great, Thank you.

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This blog post describes a case where the Apache config is specifically disabling PHP on those folders, in which case you need to find your Apache configuration file and remove/comment-out something like this:

<IfModule mod_userdir.c>
    <Directory /home/*/public_html>
        php_admin_value engine Off

Note that if you do this you had better trust every single user on your machine pretty well, since there's nothing stopping a user from creating a PHP file which can run as your apache user and do a lot of damage.

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This is mos likely because you haven't setup the server to handle PHP files with PHP. Following this guide should help: http://www.lamphowto.com/

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You need to make sure apache is configured to pass off .php files to mod_php for that folder.

See: http://dan.drydog.com/apache2php.html

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