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How to install PHP 7 on EC2 t2.micro Instance running Amazon Linux Distro

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I want to install the latest PHP 7.0 on an AWS EC2 T2.Micro Instance. So far I have read that currently AWS do not support PHP 7. But hey.. This is just a virtual server in the cloud with me having the full control over its configuration, so there must be some way to get PHP 7 running on this one.

Any help much appreciated.

My box is as below

$ cat /etc/*-release
NAME="Amazon Linux AMI"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="Amazon Linux AMI 2015.09"
CPE_NAME="[*not significant*]"
Amazon Linux AMI release 2015.09

$ uname -a
Linux ip-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx 4.1.13-18.26.amzn1.x86_64 #1 [date] x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ uname -mrs
Linux 4.1.13-18.26.amzn1.x86_64 x86_64

$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 4.1.13-18.26.amzn1.x86_64 ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140911 (Red Hat 4.8.3-9) (GCC) )

You can now use the official php7 packages. Here an easy to follow guide.

1. Install Apache 2.4 and PHP 7.0 on Amazon Linux AMI

# Remove current apache & php 
sudo yum remove httpd* php*

# Install Apache 2.4
sudo yum install httpd24

# Install PHP 7.0 
# automatically includes php70-cli php70-common php70-json php70-process php70-xml
sudo yum install php70

# Install additional commonly used php packages
sudo yum install php70-gd
sudo yum install php70-imap
sudo yum install php70-mbstring
sudo yum install php70-mysqlnd
sudo yum install php70-opcache
sudo yum install php70-pdo
sudo yum install php70-pecl-apcu

2. Modify DirectoryIndex to include index.php

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

find this:

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.html

and modify it to look like this:

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

If a directory contains an index.html and an index.php, the server will serve the index.html with this setup. If you do not want that to happen, you have the following options:

Reverse the order, so index.php is served when both files exist:

 <IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

Only use index.php as the DirectoryIndex:

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.php

3. Start the Apache web server

sudo service httpd start

4. Configure the Apache web server to start at each system boot

sudo chkconfig httpd on

5. Test your installation

Create phpinfo.php:

echo '<?php print phpinfo();' | sudo tee --append /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Open your browser and enter your instance’s public IP in the address bar followed by /phpinfo.php

Example: http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/phpinfo.php

Note: Don’t forget to allow incoming connections for HTTP (port 80) in the Security Groups of your instance, else your request will time out.


I got this running on my instance. You need http2.2 for it to work with the webtatic repo. I had so many repos there were a bunch of different version incompatibilities. I didn’t keep great notes but looking at my history I basically did this:

# Remove current php & apache
sudo service httpd stop
sudo yum remove httpd* php* 

# Remove any third party repos that aren't relevant
sudo yum repolist
sudo yum remove remi-safe

# Install Standard Apache for Amazon AMI
sudo yum install httpd   #specify http22 if you get a different version

# Download webtatic
mkdir -p /tmp/php7
cd /tmp/php7
wget https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el6/latest.rpm

# Install webtatic repo
sudo yum install latest.rpm
sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/webtatic.repo  'set repo enables
sudo yum clean all

# Install base php7
sudo yum install --enablerepo=webtatic php70w
php -v   #Should say something like  PHP 7.0.2 (cli) (built: Jan  9 2016 16:09:32) ( NTS )
sudo yum install php70w-opcache
sudo yum install php70w-xml
sudo yum install php70w-pdo
sudo yum install php70w-mysqlnd
sudo yum install php70w-gd
sudo yum install php70w-apcu
sudo yum install php70w-pecl-apcu
sudo yum install php70w-mbstring
sudo yum install php70w-imap

# Restart apache
sudo service httpd restart


There are now official php7 packages for aws linux as of July 14, 2016. See the announcement at https://forums.aws.amazon.com/ann.jspa?annID=3902

To list available packages, run yum list php70*


I was installing PHP 7.0 on a production box that already has apache 2.4 and PHP 5.5. I wanted to install PHP 7.0 alongside it in a way that would have no Server outage. This is what I did.

# Install PHP 7.0 
# automatically includes php70-cli php70-common php70-json php70-process php70-xml
sudo yum install php70

# Install additional commonly used php packages
sudo yum install php70-gd
sudo yum install php70-imap
sudo yum install php70-mbstring
sudo yum install php70-mysqlnd
sudo yum install php70-opcache
sudo yum install php70-pecl-apcu

This happily installed PHP 7 alongside PHP 5.5. The trick was to tell apache to use 7.0. I’m not sure if this was the best way, but I achieved this by changing these 2 permalinks:

ln -sf /etc/httpd/conf.d/php-conf.7.0 /etc/alternatives/php.conf
ln -sf /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d/15-php-conf.7.0 /etc/alternatives/10-php.conf

At this point apache is still happily running 5.5. Then when you restart apache it should be working with 7.0 (maybe 7.0.1). This is the no downtime way. I’d still recommend doing what I did, which is to rebuild PROD on another instance (create a TEST server) and test it all once before actually doing it on PROD. Good luck!

Oh, and right now the php command will still run 5.5. You can either change any scripts or CRON jobs to point to php7 or change the default version by running

alternatives --config php


The other answers seem to only work with Apache 2.2 but not 2.4.

Here’s how I installed php7 on Amazon Linux running Apache 2.4:

First, if php is already installed, then remove it:

sudo yum remove php5*

Take note of the php5 packages that are being removed as you’ll need to install the php7 versions of them. The php7 package names have a fairly direct and unambiguous mapping from their php5 counterparts as you’ll see below. The rest of the instructions cover a classic LAMP stack and may be sufficient for your use-case.

Using instructions from http://www.spidersoft.com.au/2015/php-7-on-ami-linux-ec2/

wget http://mirrors.mediatemple.net/remi/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
sudo yum install remi-release-6.rpm

edit /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo and set enabled=1

sudo yum upgrade -y
sudo yum install php70 php70-php-fpm php70-php-xml php70-php-pdo php70-php-mysqlnd php70-php-gd php70-php-pecl-apcu php70-php-mbstring php70-php-mcrypt php70-php-opcache

Now you should have php70-php-fpm installed, which you can use in conjunction with apache:

Start the fpm daemon:

sudo service php70-php-fpm start

Switch Apache from prefork to mpm event worker (this is required because mod_php isn’t thread safe) in /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d/00-mpm.conf:

LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/mod_mpm_event.so

Instruct apache to pass all php requests to php-fpm by adding the following lines in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

<FilesMatch \.php$>
         SetHandler "proxy:fcgi://"
DirectoryIndex /index.php index.php

Restart apache using sudo service httpd restart. If everything went ok you should be able to verify the installation by requesting a php file containing phpinfo().

If you have existing shell scripts that use php’s cli interpreter and thus start with #!/usr/bin/php, you have to set up a symlink to /usr/bin/php since the binary is now named /usr/bin/php70. You can do this as follows:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/php70 /usr/bin/php

For more info on how to configure php-fpm see https://wiki.apache.org/httpd/PHP-FPM


If you want a quick copy-paste install:

wget http://mirrors.mediatemple.net/remi/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
sudo yum install -y remi-release-6.rpm
sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install -y --enablerepo=epel php70

Test with:

php70 -v

And if you want the executable to be php:

ln -s /usr/bin/php70 /usr/local/bin/php 
php -v


This thread helped me get close enough to finish it off, I’m sharing the commands and output that worked for me.

On Amazon Lightsail with Amazon Linux (amzn1.x86_64), the following command list helped me rid the system of Apache 2.2 and PHP 5.3 to get to Apache 2.4 and PHP:

  1. Remove the current version of php and related tools:

sudo yum remove php*

Package                           Arch                        Version                                  Repository                       Size
 php                               x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      7.4 M
 php-cli                           x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      6.4 M
 php-common                        x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      6.3 M
 php-devel                         x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      9.9 M
 php-gd                            x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      669 k
 php-mbstring                      x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      4.1 M
 php-mcrypt                        x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                       92 k
 php-mysql                         x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      445 k
 php-pdo                           x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      381 k
 php-xml                           x86_64                      5.3.29-1.8.amzn1                         @amzn-main                      625 k

Transaction Summary
Remove  10 Packages
  1. Remove the current version of Apache (note you should backup your conf and conf.d folder before doing this, imho; in my case, it was a new system setup so there was nothing of interest there):

sudo yum remove http*

 Package                           Arch                         Version                                Repository                        Size
 httpd                             x86_64                       2.2.31-1.8.amzn1                       @amzn-main                       3.0 M
 httpd-devel                       x86_64                       2.2.31-1.8.amzn1                       @amzn-main                       534 k
 httpd-tools                       x86_64                       2.2.31-1.8.amzn1                       @amzn-main                       135 k

Transaction Summary
Remove  3 Packages
  1. Install Apache 2.4 (and start Apache)

sudo yum install httpd24.x86_64

sudo service httpd start

  1. Install PHP 7

sudo yum install php70

 Package                           Arch                       Version                                  Repository                        Size
 php70                             x86_64                     7.0.13-1.19.amzn1                        amzn-updates                     3.3 M
Installing for dependencies:
 php70-cli                         x86_64                     7.0.13-1.19.amzn1                        amzn-updates                     4.7 M
 php70-common                      x86_64                     7.0.13-1.19.amzn1                        amzn-updates                     1.2 M
 php70-json                        x86_64                     7.0.13-1.19.amzn1                        amzn-updates                      65 k
 php70-process                     x86_64                     7.0.13-1.19.amzn1                        amzn-updates                      79 k
 php70-xml                         x86_64                     7.0.13-1.19.amzn1                        amzn-updates                     309 k

Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+5 Dependent packages)

Total download size: 9.6 M
Installed size: 31 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/6): php70-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64.rpm                                                                              | 3.3 MB     00:00
(2/6): php70-cli-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64.rpm                                                                          | 4.7 MB     00:00
(3/6): php70-common-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64.rpm                                                                       | 1.2 MB     00:00
(4/6): php70-json-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64.rpm                                                                         |  65 kB     00:00
(5/6): php70-process-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64.rpm                                                                      |  79 kB     00:00
(6/6): php70-xml-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64.rpm                                                                          | 309 kB     00:00
Total                                                                                                          14 MB/s | 9.6 MB  00:00:00
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : php70-json-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                        1/6
  Installing : php70-process-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                     2/6
  Installing : php70-xml-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                         3/6
  Installing : php70-cli-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                         4/6
  Installing : php70-common-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                      5/6
  Installing : php70-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                             6/6
  Verifying  : php70-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                             1/6
  Verifying  : php70-common-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                      2/6
  Verifying  : php70-json-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                        3/6
  Verifying  : php70-process-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                     4/6
  Verifying  : php70-xml-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                         5/6
  Verifying  : php70-cli-7.0.13-1.19.amzn1.x86_64                                                                                         6/6

  php70.x86_64 0:7.0.13-1.19.amzn1

Dependency Installed:
  php70-cli.x86_64 0:7.0.13-1.19.amzn1            php70-common.x86_64 0:7.0.13-1.19.amzn1        php70-json.x86_64 0:7.0.13-1.19.amzn1
  php70-process.x86_64 0:7.0.13-1.19.amzn1        php70-xml.x86_64 0:7.0.13-1.19.amzn1




can follow this step-by-step guide for LAMP installation

sudo yum update -y

sudo yum install -y httpd24 php70 mysql56-server php70-mysqlnd

sudo service httpd start


The php 7 package name is php70w. So what you can do is, install a Webtatic repo on you linux machine and install it from there.

rpm -ivh https://mirror.webtatic.com/yum/el6/latest.rpm
yum clean all
yum install --enablerepo=webtatic php70w


Several answers should work here; however, when I was installing mine, it would not render pages and would display text instead of rendered PHP.

To fix that, I ran

sudo yum install php70-php-fpm

After that, everything started working.


Here is how I installed PHP 7.1 on Amazon Linux:

wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-6.rpm epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
yum-config-manager --enable remi-php71

rpm -Uvh scl-utils-20120229-1.el6.x86_64.rpm 

yum install php71


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