Run Command Prompt Commands in PHP
php run command line
shell_exec('ls'); // or exec('ls');
how to execute cmd command in php
I'm not sure what shell you are going to get with this function, but you can find out like this: <?php $cmd = 'set'; echo "<pre>".shell_exec($cmd)."</pre>"; ?> On my FreeBSD 6.1 box I get this: USER=root LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib/apache2: HOME=/root PS1='$ ' OPTIND=1 PS2='> ' LOGNAME=root PPID=88057 PATH=/etc:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin SHELL=/bin/sh IFS=' ' Very interesting. Note that the PATH may not be as complete as you need. I wanted to run Ghostscript via ImageMagik's "convert" and ended up having to add my path before running the command: <?php $cmd = 'export PATH="/usr/local/bin/"; convert -scale 25%x25% file1.pdf file2.png 2>&1'; echo "<pre>".shell_exec($cmd)."</pre>"; ?> ALSO, note that shell_exec() does not grab STDERR, so use "2>&1" to redirect it to STDOUT and catch it.