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How to change the maximum execution time for PHP scripts

This article describes how to change the maximum execution time for PHP scripts by using the max_execution_time directive in a php.ini file.

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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 your php.ini file.

To change the maximum execution time, use a text editor to modify the max_execution_time directive in your php.ini file. For example, to set the maximum execution time to 10 seconds, use the following setting:

max_execution_time = 10
To verify the current value of the max_execution_time directive and other directives, you can use the phpinfo() function. For more information, please see this article.

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