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PHP 7 installation through Yum Repo and Source Compile Method

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In January 2016, released new latest version of PHP. This Version comes with new Zend Engine and lots of new features. Here in this articles , I will show you installation  via two method , first one is webtatic yum repository and second method is from source tarball on centos / rhel 7, 6 Version . Now will use in new version of php 7 version and provide good functionality for clients.

Features of PHP 7 

Here are some features of PHP 7 , which makes php 7 is different from older version .

  • PHP 7 is twice faster than PHP 5.6 Version.
  • Return and Scaler Type Declarations
  • Anonymous function support
  • 64-bit support
  • Fatal errors are now change as Exceptions
  • Removal of old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions
  • The null coalesce operator (??)

METHOD : 1 :  Install from Yum Repository

  • Configure EPEL and webtactic Repository

Here we are going to configure EPEL and webtactic Repository on CenOS / RHEL 7  and RHEL 6 Version.  Run below command according to your Operating System.

For CentOS / RHEL 7 Server

# rpm -Uvh

# rpm -Uvh

For CentOS  / RHEL 6 Server

#  rpm –Uvh

# rpm -Uvh

After installation of these two repositories on your server then we will go throgh  on our next steps to install php 7 and its module installation , if needed.

  • Find php7 available package and its modules

PHP 7 available in webtactic package list , you can  check through below command .

# yum list php7*


# yum search php7*

Below is Output of last running command.

=========N/S matched: php7 ========================================

php70w.x86_64 : PHP scripting language for creating dynamic web sites

php70w-bcmath.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the bcmath library

php70w-cli.x86_64 : Command-line interface for PHP

php70w-common.x86_64 : Common files for PHP

php70w-dba.x86_64 : A database abstraction layer module for PHP applications

php70w-devel.x86_64 : Files needed for building PHP extensions

php70w-embedded.x86_64 : PHP library for embedding in applications

php70w-enchant.x86_64 : Enchant spelling extension for PHP applications

php70w-fpm.x86_64 : PHP FastCGI Process Manager

php70w-gd.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the gd graphics library

php70w-imap.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use IMAP

php70w-interbase.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use Interbase/Firebird databases

php70w-intl.x86_64 : Internationalization extension for PHP applications

php70w-ldap.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use LDAP

php70w-mbstring.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications which need multi-byte string handling

php70w-mcrypt.x86_64 : Standard PHP module provides mcrypt library support

php70w-mysql.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use MySQL databases

php70w-mysqlnd.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use MySQL databases

php70w-odbc.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use ODBC databases

php70w-opcache.x86_64 : An opcode cache Zend extension

php70w-pdo.x86_64 : A database access abstraction module for PHP applications

php70w-pdo_dblib.x86_64 : MSSQL database module for PHP

php70w-pear.noarch : PHP Extension and Application Repository framework

php70w-pecl-apcu.x86_64 : APCu - APC User Cache

php70w-pecl-apcu-devel.x86_64 : APCu developer files (header)

php70w-pecl-imagick.x86_64 : Provides a wrapper to the ImageMagick library

php70w-pecl-imagick-devel.x86_64 : Imagick developer files (header)

php70w-pgsql.x86_64 : A PostgreSQL database module for PHP

php70w-phpdbg.x86_64 : Interactive PHP debugger

php70w-process.x86_64 : Modules for PHP script using system process interfaces

php70w-pspell.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using pspell interfaces

php70w-recode.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the recode library

php70w-snmp.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that query SNMP-managed devices

php70w-soap.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use the SOAP protocol

php70w-tidy.x86_64 : Standard PHP module provides tidy library support

php70w-xml.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications which use XML

php70w-xmlrpc.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications which use the XML-RPC protocol

  • Install php7 package

#  yum install php70w  -y


  • Verify PHP Version 

# php –v

METHOD 2  :  Install PHP 7 through Source

STEP 1 :  Install Required Package

Configure EPEL Repository as we discussed in method 1 in CentOs 7 server box through below command and install required package for php 7 installation.

# rpm -Uvh

STEP 2 : Download PHP 7 source code from its official website from

 # wget

# mv php-7.0.3.tar.gz /opt

# cd /opt

#  tar xzf php-7.0.3.tar.gz


After extract the php source tarball, go into the directory.

# cd /opt/php-7.0.3

# ls

Below is the screencast for files are there after extracted .

php 7

STEP 3 :  Compile and Build

Run the below commands to perform build and compile php 7 source installation.

# ./buildconf –force


May be you will get error of C compiler package or libxml2 or other library dependency to compile such source software. Here I have install on my fresh centos 7 server, your case can be a different , you need to follow the error and install other dependency according to server configuration. Here I had run below command for my dependency package errors.

#  yum install gcc  freetype-devel  libxml2-devel  libmcrypt-devel  pkgconfig bzip2-devel libpng-devel  libpng-devel libjpeg-devel libXpm-devel gmp-devel aspell-devel recode-devel


And again run the ./buildconf –force , after completing the build , proceed for next steps through below commands.


# make

# make install


Module Check Installed 

From below command you will get show compiled in modules .

# php -m



[PHP Modules]

[Zend Modules]

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