How to install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 8

This guide let you learn how install the latest PHP version 7.4 on your CentOS system or your CentOS server on any VPS or any Dedicated hosting and configure it with Apache and Nginx.

The latest PHP 7.4.3 version is released on February 20th, 2020. It comes with a number of new features and a few incompatibilities that you should be aware of before upgrading from the previous version.

This installation is tested on Hostinger. This set up will work on all Linux servers.

Step 1: Getting Started

Make sure your CentOS server is having the latest packages by running the following command.

yum update && yum upgrade

This will update the package index and update the installed packages to the latest version.

Step 2: Add EPEL and REMI repositories

Add the EPEL and REMI repositories which has PHP 7.4 package and other required PHP extensions.

yum -y install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm
yum -y install https://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-8.rpm

Once you have added these repositories you can install PHP 7.4.

Step 3: Install PHP 7.4

Execute the following command to install dnf. Then you can install PHP.

dnf -y install dnf-utils

Enable php:remi-7.4 module to install PHP 7.4.

dnf module install php:remi-7.4

After the installation has completed, you can confirm the installation using the following command

php -v

Sample output:

PHP 7.4.3 (cli) (built: Feb 18 2020 11:53:05) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.4.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.4.3, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

Step 4: Install PHP 7.4 Extensions

Now you can install some commonly used php-extensions for WordPress with the following command.

yum install -y php-devel php-opcache php-pear php-cli php-process php-json php-pdo php-gd php-common php-fpm php-mysqlnd php-bcmath php-xml php-mbstring

Restart PHP 7.4 FPM

Once you have updated your PHP FPM settings you need to restart it to apply the changes.

systemctl restart php-fpm

Now you are having PHP 7.4 Installed and configured.

Conclusion

Now you have learned how to install PHP 7.4 on your CentOS server.

Thanks for your time. If you face any problem or any feedback, please leave a comment below.

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