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Ubuntu switching php versions

David Carr

Ubuntu Development

    Most applications I work with using PHP 7.2 but I also have legacy projects that need PHP 5.6 still, so I'll install 5.6 alongside 7.2 and then set which one I want to use on the command line.

    This post assumes PHP 7.2 is already installed

    sudo apt install php7.2

    To install 5.6 first run this command

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

    Now to install 5.6

    sudo apt install php5.6

    Now you should have 7.2 and 5.6 installed, to list all PHP versions installed:

    sudo update-alternatives --config php

    This menu lets you set which version to use:

    sudo update-alternatives --config php

    Which shows:

    There are 2 choices for the alternative php (providing /usr/bin/php).
      Selection    Path             Priority   Status
     * 0            /usr/bin/php7.2   72        auto mode
      1            /usr/bin/php5.6   56        manual mode
      2            /usr/bin/php7.2   72        manual mode
    Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

    In the above code, I have 7.2 as my active version to switch I would type 1 and press enter. Now checking the PHP version:

    php -v


    PHP (cli)
    Copyright (c) 1997-2016 The PHP Group
    Zend Engine v2.6.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.0.6-dev, Copyright (c) 1999-2016, by Zend Technologies

    Now I can easily switch back and forth.

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