How To Install PHP 7.3 On CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

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PHP is an open-source programming language widely for web development, created by Rasmus Lerdorf. It is an HTML-embedded scripting language for creating dynamic web sites.

CentOS 8 / RHEL 8 comes with PHP v7.2 by default.

In this post, we will see how to install PHP 7.3 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8.

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Add Remi Repository

Remi, a third-party repository which offers multiple versions of PHP (7.4 / 7.3 / 7.2) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Remi repository requires EPEL repository be enabled on your system.

rpm -Uvh https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm

To enable the Remi repository on your system, install the Remi repository auto-configuration package using the below command.

yum install -y https://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-8.rpm

Output:

Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:04 ago on Thu 19 Sep 2019 03:20:07 AM UTC.
remi-release-8.rpm                                                                  14 kB/s |  21 kB     00:01    
Dependencies resolved.
===================================================================================================================
 Package                     Arch                  Version                       Repository                   Size
===================================================================================================================
Installing:
 remi-release                noarch                8.0-3.el8.remi                @commandline                 21 k

Transaction Summary
===================================================================================================================
Install  1 Package

Total size: 21 k
Installed size: 19 k
Downloading Packages:
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
  Preparing        :                                                                                           1/1 
  Installing       : remi-release-8.0-3.el8.remi.noarch                                                        1/1 
  Verifying        : remi-release-8.0-3.el8.remi.noarch                                                        1/1 

Installed:
  remi-release-8.0-3.el8.remi.noarch                                                                               

Complete!

Install PHP 7.3 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

List the available PHP module stream.

yum module list php

You should see below output.

Remi's Modular repository for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64
Name            Stream                  Profiles                                  Summary                          
php             remi-7.2                common [d], devel, minimal                PHP scripting language           
php             remi-7.3                common [d], devel, minimal            PHP scripting language           
php             remi-7.4                common [d], devel, minimal                PHP scripting language           

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 for x86_64 - AppStream from RHUI (RPMs)
Name            Stream                  Profiles                                  Summary                          
php             7.2                     common [d], devel, minimal                PHP scripting language           

Hint: [d]efault, [e]nabled, [x]disabled, [i]nstalled

Enable php:remi-7.3 module to install PHP 7.3.

yum module enable php:remi-7.3 -y

Output:

Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:19 ago on Thu 19 Sep 2019 03:20:56 AM UTC.
Dependencies resolved.
===================================================================================================================
 Package                    Arch                      Version                     Repository                  Size
===================================================================================================================
Enabling module streams:
 httpd                                                2.4                                                         
 nginx                                                1.14                                                        
 php                                                  remi-7.3                                                    

Transaction Summary
===================================================================================================================

Complete!

Switching module streams does not alter installed packages (see 'module enable' in dnf(8) for details)

Install PHP 7.3 on RHEL 8 with yum command.

yum install -y php php-cli php-common

Check PHP Version

Once you have installed PHP, check the PHP version with the following command.

php -v

Output:

PHP 7.3.10 (cli) (built: Sep 24 2019 09:20:18) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.3.10, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.3.10, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

Install PHP-FPM

If you are setting up LEMP stack on RHEL 8, you might want to install php-fpm 7.3.

yum install -y php-fpm

Install PHP Extensions

PHP extensions are compiled libraries which enables specific support for your code.

To have MySQL support on your code, you can install php-mysqlnd package.

yum install -y php-mysqlnd

Once you have installed MySQL extension, you can use the below command to verify it.

php -m | grep -i mysql

Output:

mysqli
mysqlnd
pdo_mysql

PHP Extensions for WordPress

The following extensions are required to install and run WordPress on your RHEL 8 machine. WordPress recommends PHP v7.3 for the installation.

yum install -y php-dom php-simplexml php-ssh2 php-xml php-xmlreader php-curl php-date php-exif php-filter php-ftp php-gd php-hash php-iconv php-json php-libxml php-pecl-imagick php-mbstring php-mysqlnd php-openssl php-pcre php-posix php-sockets php-spl php-tokenizer php-zlib

PHP Extensions for Joomla

The following extensions are required to install and run Joomla on your RHEL 8 machine. Joomla requires PHP v7.1 and above.

yum install -y php-mysqlnd php-zlib php-xml php-pear php-json php-mcrypt php-pecl-imagick

PHP Extensions for Drupal

The following extensions are required to install and run Joomla on your RHEL 8 machine. Drupal requires PHP v7.1 and above.

yum install -y php-mysqlnd php-date php-dom php-filter php-gd php-hash php-json php-pcre php-pdo php-session php-simplexml php-spl php-tokenizer php-xml

Conclusion

That’s All. I hope you have learned how to install PHP 7.3 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8. Please share your feedback in the comments section.

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