Ubuntu 22.04 includes by default PHP 8.1 which is one of the most recent versions of this language. And if I want PHP 7.4 in Ubuntu 22.04, how do I do it? Well, this post is to help you with that.
PHP 7.4 and PHP 8.1
Although it is normal that we have well-supported versions of a program, it is true that there are certain applications or configurations that make this impossible.
In the case of PHP, there are applications such as Owncloud that do not yet support PHP 8, so we wait until support is complete? Or we install a lower version? This will be determined by circumstances.
In any case, both versions are stable, mature and have a strong user base. Let’s get started.
Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 22.04
As we know, PHP 7.4 is not in the official Ubuntu 22.04 repositories, so we have to resort to another PPA for it.
In this post, we assume that you have not installed PHP, if so, uninstall it from the system
sudo apt remove php*
Then, update the whole system
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Thereafter, install some important packages to fulfill the post.
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https
The next step is to add the
ondrej PPA repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
Refresh APT to load the new repository:
sudo apt update
And now you can install PHP 7.4
sudo apt install php7.4
You are done.
Test PHP 7.4 with Apache on Ubuntu 22.04
Now, to demonstrate the correct operation of PHP, I will install the Apache web server and some modules.
sudo apt install apache2 php7.4 php7.4 php7.4-common libapache2-mod-php7.4 php7.4-cli
Now, create a new PHP file in the Apache root directory. This to access it.
sudo nano /var/www/html/test.php
And add the following:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Save the changes and close the editor.
For all this to work, remember that ports
443 must be open.
sudo ufw allow 80 sudo ufw allow 443
Then, open a web browser and access
http://your-server/test.php and you will see the page working.
So, enjoy it.
In this post, you learned how to install PHP 7.4 on a recent system. Although occasionally, it is not necessary, it can help to improve compatibility with certain applications.