Apache2 on ubuntu - php file download

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On my new Ubuntu system, I've managed to get Apache2 up and running for developing my ZendFramework Web Applications...

I've got my available-sites config working correctly because I am able to request localhost and it servers up the correct index.html from my specified directory.

Problem : if I request index.php, firefox attempts to download the file instead of running the script.

Any Ideas why this would happen?

I've added the following to httpd.conf but it hasn't helped.

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php5 .php4 .php .php3 .php2 .phtml

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php5 .php4 .php .php3 .php2 .phtml


if firefox downloads your php files it means that your server doesnt have php or the apache php module installed.

have you install apache php module? if not, then install it, by typing this into a terminal:

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

and if yes, do you have your index.php located in /var/www/?

Make sure to enable php with the command

sudo a2enmod php5