All You Need to Know About php.ini


Most servers with php installed on them come with default settings that are used server wide. However, sometimes a program will require these php settings to be changed and instead of changing the settings for the entire server a person can overwrite the default settings for just a particular location (or domain). This is done by installing a file called php.ini in the directory where the particular php scripts are located.

Determine current php settings

One of the first things you may want to do before installing a php.ini file would be to check to see what the server’s php settings are currently. This can be done by making a simple php script like the one shown. The reasoning for this is to see if there is even a need to overwrite the php settings or if the problem is located elsewhere.


Implementing php.ini

Step 1: Download the example php.ini.
Step 2: Upload the php.ini file to the directory where the php scripts are located. Note: If the file is named php.ini.default please rename it to php.ini.
Step 3: Edit the settings in the php.ini file that you want to change.

Common uses for php.ini

  • Increase post and upload sizes
  • ; Maximum size of POST data that PHP will accept.
    post_max_size = 50M
    ; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
    upload_max_filesize = 50M

    Note: To change the upload size you must change both the post_max_size and upload_max_filesize sections. The post_max_size will need to be larger than the upload_max_filesize.
    Note: Most servers don’t care what the upload size is as long as you can upload all the content within a limited number of minutes. If it takes longer than what that server allows your connection will time out and the upload will fail.

  • Increase memory available for use
  • ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    ; Resource Limits ;
    memory_limit = 128M      ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (16MB)
  • Toggle safe mode on and off
  • ; Safe Mode
    safe_mode = Off

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