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Official package on Ubuntu is usually recommeended but there is a better way to get the latest stable PHP using Ondřej Surý PHP packages:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install php7.2
wget -O - http://rpms.litespeedtech.com/debian/enable_lst_debain_repo.sh | bash sudo apt-get install openlitespeed
If you're developing PHP applications on your local workstation, PHP also has a useful built-in web server for localhost development. It is not intended to be used for production environments.
Inside your project folder you can run it from the command line using PHP CLI SAPI:
php -S localhost:8000
http://localhost:8000/ in your browser to access it.