Running PHP 7.0 as one of multiple PHP versions on CentOS 7 using Virtualmin

In connection to my post Running multiple PHP versions on CentOS 7 using Virtualmin, this guide will show how to install additional PHP 7.0 version on CentOS 7 by using the Software Collections and have Virtualmin detect and use it.

Here are the steps:

  1. Login as root to your server's console terminal.

  2. Install the CentOS Linux Software Collections release file:

    yum install centos-release-scl
  3. Install the PHP package:

    yum install rh-php70
  4. (Optional) To start using Software Collections with new bash instance with PHP version 5.6:

    scl enable rh-php70 bash

    To verify it:

    php -v

    You should see the PHP version 7.0 instead of system's default version.

  5. Virtualmin can't detect the default path /opt/rh/rh-php70/ created by the installation as it parse directory by /opt/rh/php*. As solution, lets create a symbolic link in able Virtualmin detect our newly installed PHP 7.0:

    ln -s /opt/rh/rh-php70/ /opt/rh/php70
  6. Login to your Virtualmin and go to System Settings -> Re-Check Configuration. You should see one of the line look something like this:

    The following PHP versions are available : 5.4.16 (/bin/php-cgi), 5.6.5 (/opt/rh/php56/root/usr/bin/php-cgi), 7.0.10 (/opt/rh/rh-php70/root/usr/bin/php-cgi)
  7. Now lets change an existing virtual server to use the PHP version 7.0.10. Select a virtual server that needs PHP version 7.0.10 from the dropdown menu, go to Server Configuration -> PHP Versions and click the "Save Versions" button:

    Virtualmin Multiple PHP versions with PHP 7.0

  8. To install extension modules (like MySQL driver, Opcache, etc.) for our new PHP version 7.0.10, first check what extension modules are available for our PHP 7.0 version by executing this command:

    yum search php70

    You should see something like this:

    rh-php70-runtime.x86_64 : Package that handles rh-php70 Software Collection.
    rh-php70-scldevel.x86_64 : Package shipping development files for rh-php70
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-propro-devel.x86_64 : sclo-php70-php-pecl-propro developer files (header)
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-raphf-devel.x86_64 : sclo-php70-php-pecl-raphf developer files (header)
    rh-php70.x86_64 : Package that installs PHP 7.0
    rh-php70-build.x86_64 : Package shipping basic build configuration
    rh-php70-php.x86_64 : PHP scripting language for creating dynamic web sites
    rh-php70-php-bcmath.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the bcmath library
    rh-php70-php-cli.x86_64 : Command-line interface for PHP
    rh-php70-php-common.x86_64 : Common files for PHP
    rh-php70-php-dba.x86_64 : A database abstraction layer module for PHP applications
    rh-php70-php-dbg.x86_64 : The interactive PHP debugger
    rh-php70-php-devel.x86_64 : Files needed for building PHP extensions
    rh-php70-php-embedded.x86_64 : PHP library for embedding in applications
    rh-php70-php-enchant.x86_64 : Enchant spelling extension for PHP applications
    rh-php70-php-fpm.x86_64 : PHP FastCGI Process Manager
    rh-php70-php-gd.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the gd graphics library
    rh-php70-php-gmp.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the GNU MP library
    rh-php70-php-intl.x86_64 : Internationalization extension for PHP applications
    rh-php70-php-json.x86_64 : JavaScript Object Notation extension for PHP
    rh-php70-php-ldap.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use LDAP
    rh-php70-php-mbstring.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications which need multi-byte string handling
    rh-php70-php-mysqlnd.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use MySQL databases
    rh-php70-php-odbc.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use ODBC databases
    rh-php70-php-opcache.x86_64 : The Zend OPcache
    rh-php70-php-pdo.x86_64 : A database access abstraction module for PHP applications
    rh-php70-php-pear.noarch : PHP Extension and Application Repository framework
    rh-php70-php-pgsql.x86_64 : A PostgreSQL database module for PHP
    rh-php70-php-process.x86_64 : Modules for PHP script using system process interfaces
    rh-php70-php-pspell.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using pspell interfaces
    rh-php70-php-recode.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications for using the recode library
    rh-php70-php-snmp.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that query SNMP-managed devices
    rh-php70-php-soap.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use the SOAP protocol
    rh-php70-php-xml.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications which use XML
    rh-php70-php-xmlrpc.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications which use the XML-RPC protocol
    rh-php70-php-zip.x86_64 : ZIP archive management extension for PHP
    sclo-php70-php-imap.x86_64 : A module for PHP applications that use IMAP
    sclo-php70-php-mcrypt.x86_64 : Standard PHP module provides mcrypt library support
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-apcu.x86_64 : APC User Cache
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-apcu-bc.x86_64 : APCu Backwards Compatibility Module
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-apcu-devel.x86_64 : APCu developer files (header)
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-apfd.x86_64 : Always Populate Form Data
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-geoip.x86_64 : Extension to map IP addresses to geographic places
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-http.x86_64 : Extended HTTP support
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-http-devel.x86_64 : Extended HTTP support developer files (header)
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-igbinary.x86_64 : Replacement for the standard PHP serializer
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-igbinary-devel.x86_64 : Igbinary developer files (header)
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-imagick.x86_64 : Extension to create and modify images using ImageMagick
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-imagick-devel.x86_64 : imagick extension developer files (header)
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-lzf.x86_64 : Extension to handle LZF de/compression
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-memcached.x86_64 : Extension to work with the Memcached caching daemon
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-mongodb.x86_64 : MongoDB driver for PHP
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-msgpack.x86_64 : API for communicating with MessagePack serialization
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-msgpack-devel.x86_64 : MessagePack developer files (header)
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-propro.x86_64 : Property proxy
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-raphf.x86_64 : Resource and persistent handles factory
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-redis.x86_64 : Extension for communicating with the Redis key-value store
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-selinux.x86_64 : SELinux binding for PHP scripting language
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-solr2.x86_64 : Object oriented API to Apache Solr
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-uploadprogress.x86_64 : An extension to track progress of a file upload
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-uuid.x86_64 : Universally Unique Identifier extension for PHP
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-xattr.x86_64 : Extended attributes
    sclo-php70-php-pecl-xdebug.x86_64 : PECL package for debugging PHP scripts
    sclo-php70-php-smbclient.x86_64 : PHP wrapper for libsmbclient
    sclo-php70-php-tidy.x86_64 : Standard PHP module provides tidy library support
  9. We will install the PHP extension modules: MySQL driver, Zend OPcache, Memcached caching daemon, gd graphics library, multi-byte string handling and MongoDB database driver.

    yum install rh-php70-php-mysqlnd rh-php70-php-opcache sclo-php70-php-pecl-memcached rh-php70-php-gd rh-php70-php-mbstring sclo-php70-php-pecl-mongodb
  10. Reset the Apache web server:

    systemctl restart httpd.service


Related to the official documentation ( this is the best help on the web to use Php 7 with cli and add modules.

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