Installing PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2 on CentOS/RHEL 7

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Installing the latest versions of PHP on CentOS/RHEL may not be as easy as it seems since you have to perform certain previous steps. Additionally, each of these versions has a somewhat peculiar installation directory. In this article we will cover all the steps for installing and using PHP versions 5.6, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2.

Before starting we must know that CentOS and RHEL 7 serve PHP 5.4 by default as the LTS version of PHP. To install the different versions of PHP on our system we must enable certain extra repositories.


It is a third-party software repository created and maintained by Remi, a French guy. In this repository we can find the latest versions of PHP. The Remi repository uses, in turn, the more business-oriented EPEL repository. To enable these repositories we only have to execute these lines:

yum install
yum install

In this repository we will find versions 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 of PHP.

As of December 2018 version 5.6 has been officially deprecated.

SCL (Software Collections)

It is a repository designed to maintain full compatibility during the useful life of the software distribution, to enable the use of SCL we only have to use the following lines:

yum install centos-release-scl-rh

In this repository we have PHP versions 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2 available.

Since December 2018 version 5.6 has been officially deprecated.

Once these repositories are enabled, we can install the PHP versions we want.

Install PHP v7.3 (Remi)

yum install php73 php73-php php73-php-common php73-php-fpm php73-php-mysql php73-php-pecl-memcache php73-php-pecl-memcached php73-php-gd php73-php-mbstring php73-php-mcrypt php73-php-xml php73-php-pecl-apc php73-php-cli php73-php-pear php73-php-pdo
  • Installation: /opt/remi/php73/
  • Binary: /opt/remi/php73/root/bin/php

Install PHP v7.2 (Remi)

yum install php72 php72-php php72-php-common php72-php-fpm php72-php-mysql php72-php-pecl-memcache php72-php-pecl-memcached php72-php-gd php72-php-mbstring php72-php-mcrypt php72-php-xml php72-php-pecl-apc php72-php-cli php72-php-pear php72-php-pdo
  • Installation: /opt/remi/php72/
  • Binary: /opt/remi/php72/root/bin/php

Install PHP v7.1 (Remi)

yum install php71 php71-php php71-php-common php71-php-fpm php71-php-mysql php71-php-pecl-memcache php71-php-pecl-memcached php71-php-gd php71-php-mbstring php71-php-mcrypt php71-php-xml php71-php-pecl-apc php71-php-cli php71-php-pear php71-php-pdo
  • Installation: /opt/remi/php71/
  • Binary: /opt/remi/php71/root/bin/php

Install PHP v7.0 (Remi)

yum install php70 php70-php php70-php-common php70-php-fpm php70-php-mysql php70-php-pecl-memcache php70-php-pecl-memcached php70-php-gd php70-php-mbstring php70-php-mcrypt php70-php-xml php70-php-pecl-apc php70-php-cli php70-php-pear php70-php-pdo
  • Installation: /opt/remi/php70/
  • Binary: /opt/remi/php70/root/bin/php

Install PHP v5.6 (Remi) EOL

yum install php56 php56-php php56-php-common php56-php-fpm php56-php-mysql php56-php-pecl-memcache php56-php-pecl-memcached php56-php-gd php56-php-mbstring php56-php-mcrypt php56-php-xml php56-php-pecl-apc php56-php-cli php56-php-pear php56-php-pdo
  • Installation: /opt/remi/php56/
  • Binary: /opt/remi/php56/root/bin/php

Install PHP v7.2 (RH)

yum install rh-php72 rh-php72-php rh-php72-php-pdo rh-php72-php-soap rh-php72-php-xmlrpc rh-php72-php-curl rh-php72-php-mbstring rh-php72-php-readline rh-php72-php-intl rh-php72-php-process rh-php72-php-fpm
  • Installation: /opt/rh/rh-php72
  • Binary: /opt/rh/rh-php72/root/bin/php

Install PHP v7.1 (RH)

yum install rh-php71 rh-php71-php rh-php71-php-pdo rh-php71-php-soap rh-php71-php-xmlrpc rh-php71-php-curl rh-php71-php-mbstring rh-php71-php-readline rh-php71-php-intl rh-php71-php-process rh-php71-php-fpm
  • Installation: /opt/rh/rh-php71
  • Binary: `/opt/rh/rh-php71/root/bin/php

Install PHP v7.0 (RH)

yum install rh-php70 rh-php70-php rh-php70-php-pdo rh-php70-php-soap rh-php70-php-xmlrpc rh-php70-php-curl rh-php70-php-mbstring rh-php70-php-readline rh-php70-php-intl rh-php70-php-process rh-php70-php-fpm
  • Installation: /opt/rh/rh-php70
  • Binary: /opt/rh/rh-php70/root/bin/php

Install PHP v5.6 (RH) EOL

yum install rh-php56 rh-php56-php rh-php56-php-pdo rh-php56-php-mysql rh-php56-php-soap rh-php56-php-xmlrpc rh-php56-php-curl rh-php56-php-mbstring rh-php56-php-readline rh-php56-php-intl rh-php56-php-process rh-php56-php-xdebug rh-php56-php-fpm
  • Installation: /opt/rh/rh-php56
  • Binary: /opt/rh/rh-php56/root/bin/php

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