How to check PHP syntax using the command line
What you'll need
If you’re using PHP for web development, you may often want to check the syntax of your file without opening it in a browser. Checking syntax is quite easy from the command line.
Visit this guide to learn how to check your PHP version.
1 – Open Terminal or any other unix shell
If you’re on a Mac you can open Terminal which is located in:
2 – Navigate to your project folder
You can navigate to your project folder by using the change directory or cd command followed by the directory. For me it is: cd /Users/josephtylerjones/Developer/scripts/
3 – Use the php command with the -l option
Now you can check the syntax of your script by running php -l followed by the file name. For me it is:
php -l testfile.php
This command will detect any syntax errors in your script!