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:

 cat /etc/*-release
NAME="Amazon Linux AMI"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="Amazon Linux AMI 2017.09"
Amazon Linux AMI release 2017.09

Repo setting

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

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

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

yum repolist
Loaded plugins: priorities, update-motd, upgrade-helper
repo id                repo name                                          status
!amzn-main/latest      amzn-main-Base                                     5,883
!amzn-updates/latest   amzn-updates-Base                                  1,353
!nodesource/x86_64     Node.js Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64      80
!webtatic/x86_64       Webtatic Repository EL6 - x86_64                     243
repolist: 7,559

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:

[ec2-user@ip..]$ php -v
PHP 7.1.14 (cli) (built: Feb  4 2018 09:25:54) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.1.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies

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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