PHP Desktop is an open source project founded by Czarek Tomczak.PHP Desktop is more of a GUI tool for converting your PHP web apps and PHP CLI tools to desktop applications with little effort. If you have a big PHP code base and want to reuse it on desktop then it makes sense to use PHP Desktop.
In a certain sense phpdesktop acts as a PHP to EXE compiler. It embeds a web browser, a multi-threaded web server and a PHP interpreter, all embedded into a single application, a single folder, a portable zip that you can easily distribute to end users (or optionally make it an installer). The web server embedded is a custom edition of Mongoose (the MIT-licensed version), a web server used by NASA on International Space Station. Supported browsers are Google Chrome. The package with Chrome embedded has no external dependencies, everything is included in the phpdesktop binaries and works out of the box on a user's computer. PHP Desktop actually embeds Chromium browser (using Chromium Embedded Framework to be specific) which is open source software on which Google Chrome is based, but for the sake of simplicity we just call it Chrome or Google Chrome here.
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