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php – How to install gettext on MacOS X

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How do I install gettext on mac?

I get this error on one of my php pages:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function bindtextdomain()

and it’s because I don’t have gettext installed.

I can’t find good instructions on how to install it. I’ve tried using:

brew install gettext

and it puts some files here:


but I don’t know what to do with that.

Update: Instead of trying to use homebrew, now I tried this method unsucessfully using wget:

Download with wget

cd ~/Downloads
wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gettext/gettext-0.18.2.tar.gz
tar -zxvf gettext-0.18.2.tar.gz
cd gettext-0.18.2

make check is optional to run self-tests

make check

Errors I got:

make[3]: *** [check-TESTS] Error 1

make[2]: *** [check-am] Error 2

make[1]: *** [check-recursive] Error 1

sudo make install

That installs it here:

And the documentation here:

but how do I make my php pages be able to use gettext and the bindtextdomain() function?

How to&Answers:

You can use brew to link gettext after installing it

brew install gettext
brew link --force gettext


I finally got it. You have to reconfigure php, so I ended up upgrading from 5.3.15 to 5.4.12. These websites were very helpful:



#Install dependencies
brew install libjpeg
brew install pcre
brew install libxml2
brew install mcrypt

#Get autoconf just because
brew install autoconf

#Install Intl extension
#Install ICU
#Download from http://site.icu-project.org/download/48#ICU4C-Download
cd ~/Downloads
tar xzvf icu4c-4_8_1-src.tgz
cd icu/source
./runConfigureICU MacOSX
sudo make install

cd ~/Downloads/php-5.4.12/ext/intl
./configure --enable-intl
sudo cp modules/intl.so /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/

#Install gettext
#Download from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gettext/
cd ~/Downloads
tar xzvf gettext-
cd gettext-
sudo make install

cd ~/Downloads/php-5.4.12/ext/gettext
sudo cp modules/gettext.so /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/

#Add intl and get text to php.ini
cd ~/Downloads/php-5.4.12
nano php.ini-development
#Add these lines

#Download PHP source files from php.net
cd ~/Downloads
tar xzvf php-5.4.12.tar.bz2
cd php-5.4.12

./configure \
--prefix=/usr \
--with-gettext \
--mandir=/usr/share/man \
--infodir=/usr/share/info \
--sysconfdir=/private/etc \
--with-apxs2=/usr/sbin/apxs \
--enable-cli \
--with-config-file-path=/etc \
--with-libxml-dir=/usr \
--with-openssl=/usr \
--with-kerberos=/usr \
--with-zlib=/usr \
--enable-bcmath \
--with-bz2=/usr \
--enable-calendar \
--with-curl=/usr \
--enable-dba \
--enable-exif \
--enable-ftp \
--with-gd \
--enable-gd-native-ttf \
--with-icu-dir=/usr \
--with-iodbc=/usr \
--with-ldap=/usr \
--with-ldap-sasl=/usr \
--with-libedit=/usr \
--enable-mbstring \
--enable-mbregex \
--with-mysql=mysqlnd \
--with-mysqli=mysqlnd \
--without-pear \
--with-pdo-mysql=mysqlnd \
--with-mysql-sock=/var/mysql/mysql.sock \
--with-readline=/usr \
--enable-shmop \
--with-snmp=/usr \
--enable-soap \
--enable-sockets \
--enable-sysvmsg \
--enable-sysvsem \
--enable-sysvshm \
--with-tidy \
--enable-wddx \
--with-xmlrpc \
--with-iconv-dir=/usr \
--with-xsl=/usr \
--enable-zip \
--with-imap=/usr/local/imap-2007 \
--with-kerberos \
--with-imap-ssl \
--enable-intl \
--with-pcre-regex \
--with-pgsql=/usr \
--with-pdo-pgsql=/usr \
--with-freetype-dir=/usr/X11 \
--with-jpeg-dir=/usr \

make test
sudo make install

#Restart Apache
sudo apachectl restart


I found an easiest working solution, which still works on mavericks. Here it is: https://stackoverflow.com/a/11792640/512504


If reinstall php is acceptable, try to download and install the php version you want from here.

In my case, I used 7.0 version. Steps to reinstall:

  1. Open terminal and run curl -s https://php-osx.liip.ch/install.sh | bash -s 7.0
  2. The installed php will reside at /usr/local/php5-7.0.31-20180903-120321/lib (I’m not sure why the directory name is php5-7xxxx, but the installed php version is 7.0)

  3. Edit apache2 config at /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf (make a backup if necessary)

  4. Replace LoadModule php7_module libexec/apache2/libphp7.so with LoadModule php7_module /usr/local/php5-7.0.31-20180903-120321/libphp7.so (remember to uncomment the “#” symbol), then save and exit.

  5. Finally, run apachectl restart to restart your apache server.