8 Awesome and Free PHP Books

PHP is one of the most popular scripting language for web development. It has an approachable and easy to learn syntax, works on all operating systems, and can be used for building classic web sites and applications, mobile app backends, REST APIs and more.

In this article, we've collected some of our favorite free PHP books that can help you learn new approaches to solving problems and keep your skill set up to date.


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PHP Pandas

This book is for beginners and intermediate developers who want to learn something new or improve their skills. It is an easy read, and covers everything from the fundamentals of the language to building large PHP applications. Each chapter includes very detailed explanations with some easy to understand examples.


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Survive the Deep End: PHP Security

This book will show you how to improve the security of your app. It includes in-depth explanations of some of the most used security attacks, comprehensive examples and gives you advice on how to protect your application from them.


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Laravel: Code Smart

Laravel: Code Smart is a great introduction to Laravel, one of the most popular php frameworks. It is easy to read and understand, has great examples and shows you some of the best practices used in Laravel. The book is great for beginners and it teaches you how to set up a new project from scratch and build on it using the powerful features of the framework.


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PHP: The Right Way

PHP: The Right Way is a great tool for learning PHP. It teaches you best practices, dependency injection, working with databases, testing and much more, including links to external reading materials and tutorials. It is translated in many different languages like English, German, Spanish, French and many more.


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Practical PHP Testing

This book is aimed at advanced php developers and is comprised of articles from the author's Practical PHP Testing blog series. It includes a chapter about test-driven developement(TDD), code samples and a number of exercises after each chapter.


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PHP Reference: Beginner to Intermediate

The book covers the basics of PHP and is a handy resource to keep around as a reference. It shows you how to use operators, structures, variables, functions, working with databases and much more, with great and easy to understand explanations, including a number of examples for each topic. Although it is written for PHP5, almost everything still applies for PHP7 thanks to the language's backwards compatibility.


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PHP 7 from Scratch

PHP 7 From Scratch is a book for total beginners that explains basic properties of the language, setting up a development environment, using built-in functions and constructing a simple web page. At the end of every chapter, there are additional exercises you may do to further your understanding.


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Domain-Driven Desing in PHP

Domain Driven Design is an approach for modeling complex software projects to reflect real-world systems. It is a technique that is especially popular in the Java and .Net world, but this book gives you a practical introduction to DDD in PHP. It is a great resource for intermediate and advanced developers.


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