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There should be a Windows installer (probably .exe or .msi) for Arcanist. It could try to find a PHP install (e.g. look where installs to by default), and otherwise install one.

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(See T4200 for some general context from the upstream perspective.)

epriestley triaged this task as Wishlist priority.May 6 2014, 1:40 AM
epriestley added a project: Setup.
qgil moved this task to Details on the Wikimedia board.May 6 2014, 1:36 PM
qgil added a comment.May 6 2014, 1:39 PM

For now this might be "Details" for Wikimedia, because we still don't have real users relying on Arc for code contributions. We know that many new contributors using Windows have a hard time setting up git-review for Gerrit. We still don't know how this situation compares with Arc.

There has been some Windows-related discussion at T4200: Building OS packages and install scripts.

My two cents: a complete install of PHP from is around 45 Mb, which is barely noticeable. It should be possible to install a known good PHP version privately along with the script and use that one. I would prefer that to getting a system-wide installation of PHP when installing Arcanist. This would also solve the problem with a possible existing install that is too old or broken.

There are free installers that create the installation we want like


@epriestley and @mattflaschen I have created a windows installer here

I'm wondering @epriestley if you would like to take control of it for windows users. It makes it easy to install plus uses a free open source installer that git for windows also use.

epriestley moved this task from Backlog to Far Future on the Arcanist board.Jul 21 2016, 12:11 PM
epriestley moved this task from Backlog to Far Future on the Windows board.Oct 2 2018, 1:00 PM