Powershell is alternative for default terminal windows.

Powershell problem lists with php

  • cannot call php from powershell
  • php : The term ‘php’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the
    name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:1

Fix solution

  • Open directory of your php.exe for example mine is D:\xampp\php\php.exe.
    Cannot run php on powershell | WMI - https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/12471057/160263043-e813f6e5-9ab3-4b6d-816b-8228e1928f07.png
  • Create new file called php.ps1 and paste below codes:
#!/usr/bin/env pwsh
$basedir=Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition -Parent
echo $basedir

if ($PSVersionTable.PSVersion -lt "6.0" -or $IsWindows) {
  # Fix case when both the Windows and Linux builds of Node
  # are installed in the same directory
if (Test-Path "$basedir/php$exe") {
  & "$basedir\php$exe" $args
} else {
  & "php$exe" $args
exit $ret
  • Create new file called php.cmd and paste below codes:
:: custom php binary


SET "PHP_EXE=%~dp0\php.exe"

"%PHP_EXE%" %*

now fix problem of PowerShell says “execution of scripts is disabled on this system.”

  • Open powershell terminal
  • type below codes to list Current Execution Policy

Result: The execution policy is printed with its name like Restricted. then continue the step

  • type below codes to Change Execution Policy to Unrestricted For The Current User
Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope User Unrestricted

Change Execution Policy to Unrestricted For All Users

The execution policy can be change to the Unrestricted for all users in the system. In order to accomplish this the PowerShell terminal should be opened with the Local Administrator or Domain Administrator privileges. This is explained in the following posts.

Youtube video tutorial - fix running scripts is disabled on this system

incoming terms (problem lists fixable with this article):

  • PowerShell “Running script is disabled on this system” Error and Solution
  • PowerShell - Running scripts is disabled on this system
  • php.cmd
  • php.ps1