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Installing PHP-GTK on Linux

By John Starkey
on April 1, 2003

One of the better inventions of the 21st Century is with no doubt PHP-Gtk. Released in March 2001, in an effort
to show that PHP isn’t just a web scripting language, PHP-Gtk offers coders running GTK the opportunity to create
custom desktop applications without having to meddle outside of their language of choice.
In this article, I’m going to walk you through the process of installing PHP-Gtk on a Linux desktop.
I’m running KRUD 8, from tummy.com, using Gnome, but everything
here should work with any distro.
As a side note, PHP-Gtk is also available to Windows users. Unfortunately, I rarely delve into the world of
Windows, so I won’t attempt to overlap. It’d be great if someone could chime in with another article centering
on the Windows install. Until, then I’d recommend posting in our PHP Install forum, searching
the PHP-Gtk archive or posting on the general mailing list if you run into a snag. The last two can be found here:
What You’ll Need
As you probably guessed, you will need a Linux desktop running Gtk. The developers are currently planning to
implement a Gtk2 version, but as of this writing, it’s not yet available and there is no solid target date. No
worries though if you’re running Gtk2, the Gtk functionality should still work fine.
You’ll also need the latest version of PHP
and PHP-Gtk. “make” and a C compiler
will also be needed in order to compile the source. Both of these are standard includes with most Linux
distros and can be easily installed using your normal package manager.