How to setup PHP7.1, Apache 2.2 on Amazon Linux

OK I had no plan to make this post but recently I spent quite a few time to figure it out so thought to make it as a post for self and others who come across issue to deal with this simply thing otherwise.

Alright, let’s proceed!

Below is the details of my Amazon Distro:

Repo setting

Before we proceed, first make sure that you are downloading stuff from the right repository. Remove all irrelevant repos, specially remi-safe.

You can see list of available repos, if all goes well you should see something like below:

Alright, we now have correct repo setup, it’s time to install things

Apache 2.2 Installation

yum install http httpd-devel

Make sure it’s Apache2.2. I tried Apache2.4 but it gives error:

/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf: Syntax error on line 6 of /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf: Cannot load modules/

So I rather will settle with Apache 2.2

Check whether httpd is up or not:

sudo service httpd restart

PHP 7.1 Installation

Two different PHP Packages need to be installed:

  • PHP Module for Apache so that php based websites can work
  • PHP CLI for executing scripts from command line. It’s needed for php artisan.

sudo yum install --enablerepo=webtatic php71w

If installed well you should be able to execute PHP. In my case phpinfo() shows:

PHP7.1 with Apache

Now, we need to install PHP CLI:

sudo yum install --enablerepo=webtatic php71w-cli

and if all installed well:

OK before I quit, we gotta install PDO and MySQL libraries:

sudo yum install php71w-pdo
sudo yum install php71w-mysqlnd

By doing php-m it should show PDO available.


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