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How install PHP's MongoDB driver — "pecl install mongo" fails

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


How do I install PHP’s MongoDB client driver?

I’ve done this already:

  $ sudo aptitude install php5-dev php5-cli php-pear make

But the next step fails:

  $ sudo pecl install mongo
  No releases available for package "pecl.php.net/mongo"
  install failed

When I have a look at http://pecl.php.net/mongo, I find listed many versions of the Mongo driver. Am I supposed to include a version number or something? However all installation instructions I’ve found simply state that one use sudo pecl install mongo and nothing else. — How do I install the Mongo driver?

Some details:

  1. OS: Linux Mint 16, which is based on Ubuntu.

  2. pecl list-channels says:

     Registered Channels:
     Channel      Alias   Summary
     doc.php.net  phpdocs PHP Documentation Team
     pear.php.net pear    PHP Extension and Application
     pecl.php.net pecl    PHP Extension Community Library
     __uri        __uri   Pseudo-channel for static packages
How to&Answers:

I don’t know how locked into the pecl method you are, but I recently compiled the driver. This was on an ubuntu server. It installs the .so and all you have to do is just add “extension=mongo.so” to the php.ini files.


I had the same problem while trying to create a working Docker container for a Laravel app. The following worked for me:

sudo pecl install mongodb

I found this referenced in the PHP docs comments.


sudo apt-get install php-mongodb

Assuming of course that you installed php, etc. via apt-get as well (or synapic, etc)