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Интерактивная консоль

Модуль CLI SAPI предоставляет интерактивную консоль, используя опцию -a, если PHP был скомпилирован с опцией --with-readline. Начиная с PHP PHP 7.1.0, интерактивная консоль также доступна на Windows, если модуль readline включён.

Используя интерактивную консоль, можно ввести и выполнить непосредственно PHP-код.

Пример #1 Запуск кода в интерактивной консоли

$ php -a
Interactive shell

php > echo 5+8;
php > function addTwo($n)
php > {
php { return $n + 2;
php { }
php > var_dump(addtwo(2));
php >

Интерактивная консоль также автодополняет (с помощью клавиши Tab) имена функций, констант, классов, переменных, вызовы статических методов и константы классов.

Пример #2 Автодополнение по Tab

Двойное нажатие клавиши Tab при наличии нескольких вариантов дополнения покажет список этих вариантов:

php > strp[TAB][TAB]
strpbrk   strpos    strptime
php > strp

Когда есть только одно дополнение, одиночное нажатие Tab дополнит оставшийся текст на той же самой строке:

php > strpt[TAB]ime(

Дополнение также работает для имён, которые были объявлены в течение данной интерактивной сессии:

php > $fooThisIsAReallyLongVariableName = 42;
php > $foo[TAB]ThisIsAReallyLongVariableName

Интерактивная консоль хранит историю команд, для доступа к которой можно использовать стрелки вверх и вниз. История хранится в файле ~/.php_history.

Модуль CLI SAPI предоставляет две новые настройки в php.ini: cli.pager и cli.prompt. Настройка cli.pager позволяет использовать внешнюю программу (такую как less) для постраничного просмотра данных вместо их прямого вывода на экран. Настройка cli.prompt позволяет задавать приглашение php > на ввод команды.

Также можно устанавливать настройки php.ini в интерактивной консоли, используя специальное сокращение.

Пример #3 Установка настройки php.ini в интерактивной консоли

Настройка cli.prompt:

php > #cli.prompt=hello world :>
hello world :>

Используя обратные апострофы можно задать PHP-код, который выполнится в приглашении на ввод команды:

php > #cli.prompt=`echo date('H:i:s');` php >
15:49:35 php > echo 'hi';
15:49:43 php > sleep(2);
15:49:45 php >

Установка less для постраничного вывода данных:

php > #cli.pager=less
php > phpinfo();
(output displayed in less)
php >

Настройка cli.prompt поддерживает несколько управляющих последовательностей:

Управляющие последовательности cli.prompt
Управляющая последовательность Описание
\e Используется для добавления цветов в приглашение на ввод команды. Пример: \e[032m\v \e[031m\b \e[34m\> \e[0m
\v Версия PHP.
\b Отображает в какой части PHP мы находимся. Для примера /* показывает, что мы находимся в многострочном комментарии. Внешняя область видимости обозначается как php.
\> Указывает символ приглашения. По умолчанию это символ >, но можно изменить, когда оболочка находится внутри незакрытого блока или строки. Возможные символы: ' " { ( >


Файлы, подключённые с помощью опций auto_prepend_file и auto_append_file обрабатываются в этом режиме с некоторыми ограничениями, например, функции должны быть объявлены до их использования.

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User Contributed Notes 14 notes

Ryan P
9 years ago
Interactive Shell and Interactive Mode are not the same thing, despite the similar names and functionality.

If you type 'php -a' and get a response of 'Interactive Shell' followed by a 'php>' prompt, you have interactive shell available (PHP was compiled with readline support). If instead you get a response of 'Interactive mode enabled', you DO NOT have interactive shell available and this article does not apply to you.

You can also check 'php -m' and see if readline is listed in the output - if not, you don't have interactive shell.

Interactive mode is essentially like running php with stdin as the file input. You just type code, and when you're done (Ctrl-D), php executes whatever you typed as if it were a normal PHP (PHTML) file - hence you start in interactive mode with '<?php' in order to execute code.

Interactive shell evaluates every expression as you complete it (with ; or }), reports errors without terminating execution, and supports standard shell functionality via readline (history, tab completion, etc). It's an enhanced version of interactive mode that is ONLY available if you have the required libraries, and is an actual PHP shell that interprets everything you type as PHP code - using '<?php' will cause a parse error.

Finally, if you're running on Windows, you're probably screwed. From what I'm seeing in other comments here, you don't have readline, and without readline there is no interactive shell.
spencer at aninternetpresence dot net
10 years ago
In Windows, press Enter after your ending PHP tag and then hit Ctrl-Z to denote the end-of-file:

C:\>php -a
Interactive mode enabled

echo "Hello, world!";
Hello, world!

You can use the up and down arrows in interactive mode to recall previous code you ran.
11 years ago
It seems the interactive shell cannot be made to work in WIN environments at the moment. 

Using "php://stdin", it shouldn't be too difficult to roll your own.  You can partially mimic the shell by calling this simple script (Note: Window's cmd already has an input history calling feature using the up/down keys, and that functionality will still be available during execution here):


= fopen("php://stdin", "r");
$in = '';
$in != "quit") {
"php> ";
    eval (

Replace 'eval' with code to parse the input string, validate it using is_callable and other variable handling functions, catch fatal errors before they happen, allow line-by-line function defining, etc.  Though Readline is not available in Windows, for more tips and examples for workarounds, see
4 years ago
For use interactive mode enabled on GNU/Linux on distros Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint you must install "php*-cli" and "php*-readline" packages from official repository.
>$sudo aptitude install php5-cli php5-readline

After that you can use interactive mode.
~ $ php -a
Interactive mode enabled

php >echo "hola mundo!\n";
hola mundo!
php >

I hope somebody help it!
11 years ago
Just a few more notes to add...

1) Hitting return does literally mean "execute this command".  Semicolon to note end of line is still required.  Meaning, doing the following will produce a parse error:

php > print "test"
php > print "asdf";

Whereas doing the following is just fine:

php > print "test"
php > ."asdf";

2) Fatal errors may eject you from the shell:

name@local:~$ php -a
php > asdf();

Fatal Error: call to undefined function...

3) User defined functions are not saved in history from shell session to shell session.

4) Should be obvious, but to quit the shell, just type "quit" at the php prompt.

5) In a sense, the shell interaction can be thought of as linearly following a regular php file, except it's live and dynamic.  If you define a function that you've already defined earlier in your current shell, you will receive a fatal "function already defined" error only upon entering that closing bracket.  And, although "including" a toolset of custom functions or a couple of script addon php files is rather handy, should you edit those files and wish to "reinclude" it again, you'll cause a fatal "function x already defined" error.
elijah at elijahlynn dot net
6 years ago
Bug #55496 Interactive mode doesn't force a newline before the prompt =>

Fixed on July 24th, 2014 @;a=commit;h=71d3a69425449972f4efdf7228c6f7e49e090755

Until then, this will work:

php -dcli.prompt="\nphp> " -a
lee8oi at gmail dot com
9 years ago
I use git-bash in windows to connect to my servers via SSH. When I use the interactive mode via 'php -a' command I have to hit ctrl+d twice to execute the entered code. Example:
(<ctrl+d> denotes hitting ctrl & D)

-bash$ php -a
Interactive mode enabled
echo 'hello world';
?><br />
hello world<br />

Note: this still displays the <br /> tag but without the tag your output would likely be attached to your bash prompt like this:

hello world-bash$
1 year ago
When adding colours, don't forget that PHP uses the same 'readline' as Bash does, so it has the same need to wrap all colour codes in special marker characters.

If you simply add raw colour codes to the prompt, you will notice that long lines no longer get wrapped correctly -- Readline no longer knows how wide the prompt is.

To fix this, you need to start each colour code with an '0x01' byte (aka Ctrl-A aka SOH) and end it with the '0x02' byte (aka Ctrl-B aka STX). There are no escapes for these -- you have to literally put the control characters in your php-cli.ini.

For example:


// cli.prompt = <SOH>\e[1m<STX> PHP! \> <SOH>\e[m<STX>

echo "cli.prompt = \x01\\e[1m\x02 PHP! \x01\\e[m\x02\n";
3 years ago
If you delete your "~/.php_history", you MUST re-create the file manually!

Because after I deleted my history file, "php -a" (interactive mode) never saved any history anymore.

It only started working after I ran "touch ~/.php_history" to create an empty file. From then on, PHP is saving history again!

I thought this was a bit unusual. Normally, applications recreate their history files themselves. But just be aware of the fact that PHP works this way instead, guys and girls! :-)
wheat at wheatdesign dot com
3 years ago
If you're stuck on Widows or any other machine where PHP was not compiled with readline support, one solution is to use a web-based PHP CLI. I use this in training classes, especially the sort where people bring their own laptops and I can't assume they have PHP installed. The best one I've found--partly because of the UX and partly because it's free (no credit card required) and quick to setup, is
alexandrebr at gmail dot com
10 years ago
For those who (just like me) can't get it working, try to press CTRL+D after inserting some commands.

echo "Hello World!\r\n";
Hit CTRL+D here)
Hello World!

This is NOT interactive mode, but may help you.

To have the "-i" available, you'll need the following arguments while compiling PHP:
--with-readline e --with-libedit
10 years ago
When building php on FreeBSD from ports one can add --with-readline option by manually editing the var CONFIGURE_ARGS in Makefile inside the php port directory and proceeding with build as usual.
alexmarcxyz at gmail dot com
3 years ago
While configuring php shell script, We need to take care of these commands, Abstract.php, Compiler.php, Indexer.php, Log.php, You can check more details about these commands at, . Hope it will help your readers as well as I got help from your and this post.
Shane Harter
8 years ago
If you've ever wanted to build your own interactive shell, I released a project recently that makes it insanely easy to build awesome shell apps in PHP. It blends features from Zend2 and Symonfy2 with things like regex routing, state management, etc. Check it out here:
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