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How to Enable and disable phpinfo()

The phpinfo() function is mostly disabled in the shared hosting service due to security reasons. phpinfo()is disabled, as it displays information which can be used to compromise the server. By disabling the phpinfo() one can take a step to secure the server, but it becomes difficult for debugging.

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Here are steps for enabling and disabling the phpinfo() :-

You want to enable phpinfo

Considering you have access to the server’s php.ini file then edit this file in any editor e.g. vim. Search and change the disable_functions directive from disable_functions = phpinfo to disable_functions =

Considering you don’t have access to your server’s php.ini file (most likely case), you may be able to create your own php.ini file. And change the disable_functions directive that way in your own version of php.ini. If that doesn’t work, learn “How to debug php application with phpinfo() disabled ?

You want to disable phpinfo

Considering you have access to the server’s php.ini file, then change the line that includes the disable_functions directive so that it says disable_functions = phpinfo

Considering you don’t have access to your server’s php.ini file, you may be able to create your own php.ini file and change the disable_functions directive that way. Or, add a line in the application that says

ini_set('disable_functions', 'phpinfo');
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By Swatantra Kumar

Swatantra is an Open Source evangelist, a technologist and researcher. Professionally, he does software development, software architecture, server administration and project management. When he's not writing software, he enjoys building web entities and servers, reading about and working with new technologies, and trying to get his friends to make the move to open source software. He's written, co-written and published many articles in international journals, on various domains/topics including Open Source, Networks, Computer Organization, Mobile Technologies, and Business Intelligence. He made a proposal for an information management system at University level during graduation days.

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