The CentOS 6 official software repositories has PHP 5.3 which has reached end of life and no longer actively maintained by the developers.
To keep up with the latest features and security updates, you need a newer (probably the latest) version of PHP on your CentOS 6 system.
If you’re looking to install different versions of PHP in CentOS 6, go through the following article.
- How to install PHP 5.4, PHP 5.5 or PHP 5.6 on CentOS 6
For the purpose of this guide, we will be operating the system as root, if that is not the case for you, make use of the sudo command to acquire root privileges.
Installing PHP 7 on CentOS 7
1. To install latest PHP 7, you need to add EPEL and Remi repository to your CentOS 6 system like so.
# yum install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm # yum install http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
2. Now install yum-utils, a group of useful tools that enhance yum’s default package management features.
Yum-utils can be used for manipulating package repositories and additional package management operations such as enabling or disabling packages without any manual configuration by a system administrator.
You can install it as follows:
# yum install yum-utils
3. In this step, you need to enable Remi repository using yum-config-manager utility, as the default repository for installing PHP.
# yum-config-manager --enable remi-php70 [Install PHP 7.0]
If you want to install PHP 7.1 or PHP 7.2 on CentOS 6, just enable it as shown.
# yum-config-manager --enable remi-php71 [Install PHP 7.1] # yum-config-manager --enable remi-php72 [Install PHP 7.2]
4. Then finally install PHP 7 on CentOS 6 with all necessary PHP modules using the following command.
# yum install php php-mcrypt php-cli php-gd php-curl php-mysql php-ldap php-zip php-fileinfo
If you are curious, double check the installed version of PHP on your system as follows.
# php -V
You might also want to check out these useful PHP articles:
- How to Use and Execute PHP Codes in Linux Command Line
- How to Find MySQL, PHP and Apache Configuration Files
- How to Test PHP MySQL Database Connection Using Script
- How to Run PHP Script as Normal User with Cron
In this article, we have explained how to install PHP 7 on CentOS 6 Linux. You can send us any questions or additional thoughts via the feedback form below.