I am using centos and I need to find out where is the php installation path is. Is there a command I can use to find that out. Thanks


I would recommend creating a new test.php files and inserting this code:


Then browse to test.php in a browser. This should give you a lot of information on php.

If you installed via an rpm also try

 rpm -ql php


 find / -name php.ini
  • insert what code? I don't see anything. – Phil Hollenback Feb 20 '11 at 5:19
  • sorry, forgot to code mark my php, fixed in post. – pablo Feb 20 '11 at 9:41

I'm not sure what you mean by install path, if you're talking about the binary 'which php' will probably work.

If you're referring to something else like the extension install dir and assuming your php was installed with RPMs, do a 'yum install php-devel' to get the php-config command. You can run it with no options to get a listing of everything it knows or you can request only certain info from it, here's some useful ones for your situation:

php-config --php-binary
php-config --extension-dir
php-config --include-dir

Also try running 'php -i' on the command line to get the output of phpinfo.


My install is in




But I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish

  • /usr/include/php should contain header files only (*.h) while the configuration is present in /etc/php.d. Usually, PHP resides in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin. – Lekensteyn Feb 19 '11 at 20:54

You can also use this command

php -i | grep "Loaded Configuration File"

I believe best answer should be using linux shell command:

whereis php

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