Graham Graham - 5 months ago 96x
PHP Question

Call to undefined function oci_connect, php_oci8_12c.dll, windows 8.1, php5.6.6

I have a simple php script:

$db_user = 'myusername';
$db_pass = 'mypassword';
$db_sid = 'mysid';
$conn = oci_connect( $db_user, $db_pass, $db_sid );

When I run it (from a browser or from the command line), I get the error:

Call to undefined function oci_connect

I'm using php 5.6.6 which came with php_oci8_12c.dll already there.

I have
in my php.ini

I have installed instant client (12.1) - tried 32 bit version AND 64 bit version

I have ORACLE_HOME and TNS_ADMIN environment variables pointing at the instant client folder ( C:\instantclient_12_1 ).

I also have C:\instantclient_12_1 in my path

I have a tnsnames.ora in that same folder with this relevant entry in it:


I have also downloaded SQLDeveloper from

SQLDeveloper works, recognizes the above mentioned tnsnames.ora and connects and successfully runs a query on the same database that my php script is trying to access.

I have spent several hours over several days trying different things to no avail.

I'm using:

php 5.6.6
windows 8.1
IIS (so no answers involving apache please)
cmd (run as administrator)
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition

Some other information that might prove useful:

I would ideally like to use oci 1.4.10 to match the production server, but not too worried about that for now.

pear install oci8-1.4.10.tgz

gives me this error:

The DSP oci8.dsp does not exist

I can't find any explanation on that error that means anything to me.

What am I missing - can anyone help me


I have tried the various suggestions in other posts on stackoverflow, namely:
with and without

I don't have the line
in my php.ini file


phpinfo tells me that I am using the correct php.ini file:

Loaded Configuration File => C:\php5.6.6\php.ini

This line from phpinfo might also be of use:

Configure Command => cscript /nologo configure.js "--enable-snapshot-build" "--enable-debug-pack" "--disable-zts" "--disable-isapi" "--disable-nsapi" "--without-mssql" "--without-pdo-mssql" "--without-pi3web" "--with-pdo-oci=c:\php-sdk\oracle\x86\instantclient_12_1\sdk,shared" "--with-oci8-12c=c:\php-sdk\oracle\x86\instantclient_12_1\sdk,shared" "--with-enchant=shared" "--enable-object-out-dir=../obj/" "--enable-com-dotnet=shared" "--with-mcrypt=static" "--without-analyzer" "--with-pgo"


It seems that dsp files are VC++ project files - I am now venturing on learning how to create a php extension, and hopefully when I've done that I'll have enough knowledge to compile the oci8 1.4.10 source code into a dll that works on windows 8 - unless somebody rescues me with the answer to this question - this looks like it is going to take me some time :-)


display_startup_errors = On
to php.ini tells me that the oci dll is not a valid Win32 application


Edit: Hmm. Trying this on Windows 8 appears to generate the same error as you specified. I'm currently investigating...

My mistake (I had enabled the wrong extension_dir line). It works in Win8 just as documented below.

The following steps should be all you need to get OCI working with PHP (I've just verified this on a freshly installed Windows 2008 R2 Standard x64 virtual machine):

  • Download and extract PHP (I used C:\php from
  • Download and extract InstantClient (I used C:\instantclient_12_1 from
  • Add the above paths to the system path.
  • Copy c:\php\php.ini-production to c:\php\php.ini.
  • in php.ini:
    • enabled line extension_dir = "ext".
    • enabled line extension=php_oci8_12c.dll.
  • Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Runtime (x86). This is needed for the OCI8 extension.
  • Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Runtime (x86). This is needed for PHP.

At this point running php --ri oci8 in a command prompt shows me the following output:

C:\>php --ri oci8


OCI8 Support => enabled
OCI8 DTrace Support => disabled
OCI8 Version => 2.0.9
Revision => $Id: f5a3ee1083d1ffa6adb5143efda6eafa210b8414 $
Oracle Run-time Client Library Version =>
Oracle Compile-time Instant Client Version => 12.1

Directive => Local Value => Master Value
oci8.max_persistent => -1 => -1
oci8.persistent_timeout => -1 => -1
oci8.ping_interval => 60 => 60
oci8.privileged_connect => Off => Off
oci8.statement_cache_size => 20 => 20
oci8.default_prefetch => 100 => 100
oci8.old_oci_close_semantics => Off => Off
oci8.connection_class => no value => no value => Off => Off

Statistics =>
Active Persistent Connections => 0
Active Connections => 0

And checking for the oci_connect function:

C:\>php -r "var_dump(function_exists('oci_connect'));"