Quickstart for PHP 7 in the App Engine Standard Environment

This page shows you how to deploy a basic App Engine application that displays a short message. For a more in-depth introduction to PHP on App Engine, see Building an App.

Is App Engine the right computing option for you? See other options for hosting your application on Google Cloud Platform.

Costs

There are no costs associated with running this guide. Running this sample app alone does not exceed your free quota.

Before you begin

Before running and deploying this quickstart, install the Cloud SDK and then set up a GCP project for App Engine:

  1. Download and install Cloud SDK:

    Download the SDK

    Note: If you already have the Cloud SDK installed, update it by running the following command:

    gcloud components update
    
  2. Create new project:

    gcloud projects create [YOUR_PROJECT_NAME] --set-as-default
    

    Verify the project was created:

    gcloud projects describe [YOUR_PROJECT_NAME]
    

    You see project details that might look like the following:

    createTime: year-month-hour
    lifecycleState: ACTIVE
    name: project-name
    parent:
    id: '433637338589'
    type: organization
    projectId: project-name-id
    projectNumber: 499227785679
    
  3. Initialize your App Engine app with your project and choose its region:

    gcloud app create --project=[YOUR_PROJECT_NAME]
    

    When prompted, select the region where you want your App Engine application located.

  4. Make sure billing is enabled for your project. A billing account needs to be linked to your project in order for the application to be deployed to App Engine.

    Enable billing

  5. Install the following prerequisites:

App Engine locations

App Engine is regional, which means the infrastructure that runs your apps is located in a specific region and is managed by Google to be redundantly available across all the zones within that region.

Meeting your latency, availability, or durability requirements are primary factors for selecting the region where your apps are run. You can generally select the region nearest to your app's users but you should consider the location of the other GCP products and services that are used by your app. Using services across multiple locations can affect your app's latency as well as pricing.

App Engine is available in the following regions:

  • northamerica-northeast1 (Montréal)
  • us-central (Iowa)
  • us-west2 (Los Angeles)
  • us-east1 (South Carolina)
  • us-east4 (Northern Virginia)
  • southamerica-east1 (São Paulo)
  • europe-west (Belgium)
  • europe-west2 (London)
  • europe-west3 (Frankfurt)
  • europe-west6 (Zürich)
  • asia-northeast1 (Tokyo)
  • asia-northeast2 (Osaka)
  • asia-east2 (Hong Kong)
  • asia-south1 (Mumbai)
  • australia-southeast1 (Sydney)

You cannot change an app's region after you set it.

If you already created an App Engine application, you can view the region by running the gcloud app describe command or opening the App Engine Dashboard in the GCP Console. The region of your App Engine application is listed under http://[YOUR_PROJECT_ID].appspot.com.

This quickstart assumes that you are familiar with the PHP programming language.

Download the Hello World app

We've created a simple Hello World app for PHP so you can quickly get a feel for deploying an app to Google Cloud Platform. Follow these steps to download Hello World to your local machine.

  1. Clone the Hello World sample app repository to your local machine.

    git clone https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/php-docs-samples.git
    

    Alternatively, you can download the sample as a zip file and extract it.

  2. Change to the directory that contains the sample code.

    cd php-docs-samples/appengine/php72/helloworld
    

Deploying Hello World to App Engine

  1. Deploy the Hello World app on App Engine by running the following command from the php-docs-samples/appengine/php72/helloworld directory:

    gcloud app deploy
    
  2. View the live app at https://[YOUR_PROJECT_ID].appspot.com:

    gcloud app browse
    

The message Hello, world! is now delivered by a web server running on an App Engine instance.

Congratulations! You've successfully deployed a PHP web service on App Engine!

Clean up

If you want to continue learning about App Engine, you can keep your GCP project and follow along with Building an App.

Alternatively, you can delete your GCP project to stop billing for all the resources used within that project.

  1. In the GCP Console, go to the Projects page.

    Go to the Projects page

  2. In the project list, select the project you want to delete and click Delete .
  3. In the dialog, type the project ID, and then click Shut down to delete the project.

What's next

Now that you have experience deploying a web service on App Engine, get a more in-depth introduction to PHP on App Engine by reading Building an App.

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