Today we are going to learn about PHP Compilation for Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and PHP 5.5 came pre-installed with the system but my problem was that I had to make use of ZendOptimizer which supports PHP upto 5.4 only therefore I decided to go manually compile PHP 5.4 and install over Ubuntu.

Step 1 : Install fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04

Step 2: sudo apt-get update

Step 3: sudo apt-get install build-essential

Step 4: sudo apt-get install openssl libssl-dev openssl-blacklist openssl-blacklist-extra  bison autoconf automake libtool re2c flex apache-prefork-dev

Step 4a. sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libssl-dev libbz2-dev libcurl3-dev libdb5.1-dev libjpeg-dev libpng-dev libXpm-dev libfreetype6-dev libt1-dev libgmp3-dev libc-client-dev libldap2-dev libmcrypt-dev libmhash-dev freetds-dev libz-dev libmysqlclient15-dev ncurses-dev libpcre3-dev unixODBC-dev postgresql-server-dev-9.1 libsqlite-dev libaspell-dev libreadline6-dev librecode-dev libsnmp-dev libtidy-dev libxslt-dev libt1-dev

Step 5: wget http://in1.php.net/distributions/php-5.4.28.tar.bz2

For Step 5 you can use any mirror location for getting the PHP source files which is near to your location.

Step 6: ./configure –with-config-file-path=/etc/php5/apache2 \
–with-pear=/usr/share/php \
–with-bz2 \
–with-curl \
–with-gd \
–enable-calendar \
–enable-mbstring \
–enable-bcmath \
–enable-sockets \
–with-libxml-dir=/usr \
–with-mysqli \
–with-mysql \
–with-openssl\
–with-regex=php \
–with-zlib \
–with-apxs2

Step 7: make

Step 8 make install

 

Now PHP 5.4.28+ is installed over the server

Note: In order to compile PHP 5.4.28+ on your ubuntu server you will also require to download and build apache2 webserver right from the source instead of using the one supplied by the Ubuntu distribution. This will automatically install apxs2 and will help in the compilation of the PHP. I will be soon posting on method over how to build and install apache2 over Ubuntu

Compiling & Installing PHP for Ubuntu 14.04

11 thoughts on “Compiling & Installing PHP for Ubuntu 14.04

  • June 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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    I have Ubuntu 14.04 as well with a LEMP Stack. Running Magento and MySQL. I have downloaded the php-5.4.29.tar.bz2 and extracted it, but do not know what else to configure.

    Also what about the php 5.5.9 that comes pre-installed? dont we need to remove that?

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    • June 2, 2014 at 3:27 am
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      Hello Nasir,

      Yes you need to uninstall PHP 5.5.9, you can use Synaptics Package Manager to do that easily.
      Once you have uninstalled you can compile as I have described in the post

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  • June 2, 2014 at 4:09 am
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    I dont have a GUI to access Synaptics Manager, only root access through ssh. Anyhow, there are multiple php5-fpm, php5-common, etc… Should i remove all of the php 5? Also how do i avoid it updating the PHP version?

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    • June 2, 2014 at 5:41 am
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      Yes you should remove all php5-*
      If you don’t install php via apt you don’t need to worry about update as ubuntu doesn’t update it

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  • June 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    For removing php5.5.* you can use next command:

    sudo apt-get remove –purge `dpkg -l | grep php | grep -w 5.5 | awk ‘{print $2}’ | xargs`

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  • June 11, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    I did as per your instruction I got this after the make install
    root@ip:/opt/php-5.3.28# make install
    Installing PHP SAPI module: cgi
    Installing PHP CGI binary: /usr/local/bin/
    Installing PHP CLI binary: /usr/local/bin/
    Installing PHP CLI man page: /usr/local/man/man1/
    Installing build environment: /usr/local/lib/php/build/
    Installing header files: /usr/local/include/php/
    Installing helper programs: /usr/local/bin/
    program: phpize
    program: php-config
    Installing man pages: /usr/local/man/man1/
    page: phpize.1
    page: php-config.1
    Installing PEAR environment: /usr/local/lib/php/
    [PEAR] Archive_Tar – already installed: 1.3.11
    [PEAR] Console_Getopt – already installed: 1.3.1
    [PEAR] PEAR – already installed: 1.9.4
    Wrote PEAR system config file at: /usr/local/etc/pear.conf
    You may want to add: /usr/local/lib/php to your php.ini include_path
    [PEAR] Structures_Graph- already installed: 1.0.4
    [PEAR] XML_Util – already installed: 1.2.1
    /opt/php-5.3.28/build/shtool install -c ext/phar/phar.phar /usr/local/bin
    ln -s -f /usr/local/bin/phar.phar /usr/local/bin/phar
    Installing PDO headers: /usr/local/include/php/ext/pdo

    Thats when I check php -v it show

    -su: /usr/bin/php: No such file or directory

    How to fix it.

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  • June 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm
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    Thanks for the tutorial !

    In step 4 – I had to change ‘apache-prefork-dev’ to ‘apache2-prefork-dev’

    Using the original version I got an error: unable to locate package apache-prefork-dev

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  • July 5, 2014 at 12:22 am
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    # here’s my copy, configures cleanly
    # Compiling & Installing PHP for Ubuntu 14.04
    # Install fresh copy of Ubuntu 14.04
    # sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install build-essential
    sudo apt-get install openssl libssl-dev openssl-blacklist openssl-blacklist-extra bison autoconf automake libtool re2c flex apache-prefork-dev
    sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libssl-dev libbz2-dev libcurl3-dev libdb5.1-dev libjpeg-dev libpng-dev libXpm-dev libfreetype6-dev libt1-dev libgmp3-dev libc-client-dev libldap2-dev libmcrypt-dev libmhash-dev freetds-dev libz-dev libmysqlclient15-dev ncurses-dev libpcre3-dev unixODBC-dev postgresql-server-dev-9.1 libsqlite-dev libaspell-dev libreadline6-dev librecode-dev libsnmp-dev libtidy-dev libxslt-dev libt1-dev
    wget http://in1.php.net/distributions/php-5.4.28.tar.bz2
    ./configure -with-config-file-path=/etc/php5/apache2 \
    -with-pear=/usr/share/php \
    -with-bz2 \
    -with-curl \
    -with-gd \
    -enable-calendar \
    -enable-mbstring \
    -enable-bcmath \
    -enable-sockets \
    -with-libxml-dir=/usr \
    -with-mysqli \
    -with-mysql \
    -with-openssl \
    -with-regex=php \
    -with-zlib \
    -with-apxs2

    make
    make install

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  • March 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm
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    Great article! Needed it to place an old project on a new server. works perfectly

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  • December 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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    This article has been very useful ! Thanks a lot.

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