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How to set the PHP maximum execution time in an .htaccess file

This article describes how to set the maximum execution time for PHP scripts by using the max_execution_time directive in an .htaccess file.

The information in this article only applies to certain types of hosting accounts. To determine whether or not the information below applies to your account, please see this article.

This article assumes that you have already set up a custom .htaccess file. If you have not already set up a custom .htaccess file, please read this article first.

Using the max_execution_time directive

By default, the maximum execution time for PHP scripts is set to 30 seconds. If a script runs for longer than 30 seconds, PHP stops the script and reports an error. You can control the amount of time PHP allows scripts to run by changing the max_execution_time directive in an .htaccess file.

To change the maximum execution time for your PHP scripts, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account using SSH.
  2. Use a text editor to add the following line to the .htaccess file. Replace 30 with the maximum execution time value that you want to set, in seconds:
    php_value max_execution_time 30
  3. Save the changes to the .htaccess file and exit the text editor.
  4. To verify that the new setting is active, create a PHP test file that contains the following code in the same directory where the .htaccess file is located:
    <?php phpinfo(); ?>
  5. Load the test file in your web browser, and then search for the name of the directive. The Local Value column should display the new setting that you specified in the .htaccess file.

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