To get PHP and React working together on WSL2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux), you can follow these steps:

  1. Set up WSL2:
  • Install WSL2 on your Windows machine by following the official Microsoft documentation: Install WSL on Windows 10
  • Choose a Linux distribution (e.g., Ubuntu) and install it through the Microsoft Store or by downloading a distribution image.
  1. Install PHP on WSL2:
  • Open your WSL2 terminal.
  • Update the package lists by running:
    sudo apt update
  • Install PHP and any required dependencies by running:
    sudo apt install php
  1. Set up a web server:
  • Install a web server like Apache or Nginx in your WSL2 environment. For example, to install Apache, run:
    sudo apt install apache2
  • Configure the web server to serve PHP files. For Apache, you may need to enable the PHP module by running:
    sudo a2enmod php
    Restart the Apache service afterward:
    sudo service apache2 restart
  1. Install Node.js and React:
  • Install Node.js on your WSL2 environment. You can follow the official Node.js documentation for instructions on how to install it on your specific Linux distribution.
  • Once Node.js is installed, you can use npm (Node Package Manager) to install React globally by running:
    sudo npm install -g create-react-app
  1. Create a React app:
  • In your WSL2 terminal, navigate to the desired directory where you want to create your React app.
  • Create a new React app by running:
    npx create-react-app my-app
    Replace “my-app” with the desired name for your React app.
  • Move into the app directory:
    cd my-app
  • Start the React development server:
    npm start
  1. Integrate PHP and React:
  • Update the Apache web server configuration to serve the React app. Configure the Apache virtual host or create a new one to point to the React app’s build directory.
  • Set up a build script for your React app that compiles the React code into static files. Modify the build script in the React app’s package.json file to output the build files into the appropriate Apache directory.

Now, you should have PHP and React working together on WSL2. When you access the appropriate URL on your Windows browser, the Apache server in WSL2 will serve the React app, and you can use PHP for server-side processing if needed.

Please note that these instructions provide a general guideline, and you may need to make adjustments based on your specific requirements and configurations.

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