PHP is a popular open-source programming language that is widely used for web development.
The latest version of PHP, version 8.x, was released in November 2021 and comes with several new features and improvements over its predecessor, PHP 7.x.
In this blog, we’ll be discussing how to install the latest version of PHP 8.x on Ubuntu.
Before we start, it’s important to check if your Ubuntu system is up to date. You can do this by running the following commands in your terminal:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 1: Add PPA repository
The latest version of PHP 8.x is not yet included in the default Ubuntu repository, so we need to add a third-party repository to our system. To do this, we’ll be using the Ondřej Surý PPA repository. Run the following commands in your terminal to add the repository:
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo apt-get update
Step 2: Install PHP 8.x
Now that the repository is added, we can proceed to install PHP 8.x. To install the latest version of PHP 8.x, run the following command in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install php8.0
Step 3: Verify the installation
To verify the installation, run the following command in your terminal:
This should display the version of PHP installed on your system, which should be PHP 8.x.
Step 4: Configure PHP 8.x
Once you have installed PHP 8.x, you can configure it to your needs by editing the
php.ini file. The location of the
php.ini file depends on your system, but it is usually located in the
/etc/php/8.0/ directory. You can edit the file using any text editor, such as
sudo nano /etc/php/8.0/cli/php.ini
Step 5: Installing PHP extensions
PHP extensions are libraries that add additional functionality to PHP. Some popular extensions include
mbstring. To install a PHP extension, you’ll need to use the
For example, to install the
mysql extension, you can run the following command in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install php8.0-mysql
mysql with the name of the extension you wish to install.
Once the extension is installed, you’ll need to restart your web server for the changes to take effect. If you’re using Apache, you can do this by running the following command:
sudo service apache2 restart
If you’re using Nginx, you can do this by running the following command:
sudo service nginx restart
To check if the extension is installed and working properly, you can create a PHP script with the following contents:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Save the file as
info.php and place it in your web server’s document root directory. Then, access the file in your web browser by visiting
http://localhost/info.php. This will display information about your PHP installation, including a list of installed extensions. Look for the extension you just installed in the list to make sure it is installed and working properly.
In conclusion, installing PHP extensions is a simple process that can greatly enhance the functionality of your PHP installation. Whether you’re a web developer or just someone who uses PHP for your projects, installing the right extensions can make a big difference in your work.
In this blog, we’ve discussed how to install the latest version of PHP 8.x on Ubuntu. With the new features and improvements offered by PHP 8.x, it’s worth taking the time to upgrade to the latest version.
Whether you’re a web developer or just someone who uses PHP for your projects, upgrading to PHP 8.x is a great way to take advantage of its latest features and performance improvements.