How to Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu?. Welcome to today’s guide on how to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 18.04/19.04/16.04 Linux. The PHP release 7.4.0 has been made available for the general public and for use in Production environments.

PHP is a popular server scripting language known for creating dynamic and interactive Web pages. PHP is widely-used programming language in the Web. Use the steps below to install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 19.04/18.04/16.04.

Step 1: Add PHP PPA Repository

We’ll add ppa:ondrej/php PPA repository which has the latest build packages of PHP.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt -y install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update

Step 2: Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 18.04/19.04/16.04

Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 18.04/19.04/16.04 using the command:

sudo apt -y install php7.4

Check version installed:

$ php -v
PHP 7.4.0beta4 (cli) (built: Aug 28 2019 11:41:49) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.4.0-dev, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.4.0beta4, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

Use the next command to install additional packages:

sudo apt-get install php7.4-xxx

Example:

sudo apt-get install -y php7.4-{bcmath,bz2,intl,gd,mbstring,mysql,zip}

PHP configurations related to Apache is stored in /etc/php/7.4/apache2/php.ini

Using PHP 7.4 with Nginx on Ubuntu:

The installation of php on Ubuntu configures Apache. For users interested in running Nginx and PHP, you need to stop and disable Apache service.

sudo systemctl disable --now apache2

Then install fpm extension and nginx packages.

sudo apt-get install nginx php7.4-fpm

Nginx and fpm services should be running.

$ systemctl status php7.4-fpm nginx
● php7.4-fpm.service - The PHP 7.4 FastCGI Process Manager
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/php7.4-fpm.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Mon 2019-09-16 17:09:41 UTC; 27s ago
     Docs: man:php-fpm7.4(8)
 Main PID: 25321 (php-fpm7.4)
   Status: "Processes active: 0, idle: 2, Requests: 0, slow: 0, Traffic: 0req/sec"
    Tasks: 3 (limit: 2362)
   CGroup: /system.slice/php7.4-fpm.service
           ├─25321 php-fpm: master process (/etc/php/7.4/fpm/php-fpm.conf)
           ├─25339 php-fpm: pool www
           └─25340 php-fpm: pool www

Sep 16 17:09:41 ubuntu18 systemd[1]: Starting The PHP 7.4 FastCGI Process Manager...
Sep 16 17:09:41 ubuntu18 systemd[1]: Started The PHP 7.4 FastCGI Process Manager.

● nginx.service - A high performance web server and a reverse proxy server
    Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/nginx.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Active: active (running) since Mon 2019-09-16 17:09:42 UTC; 6min ago
      Docs: man:nginx(8)
  Main PID: 25441 (nginx)
     Tasks: 2 (limit: 2362)
    CGroup: /system.slice/nginx.service
            ├─25441 nginx: master process /usr/sbin/nginx -g daemon on; master_process on;
            └─25442 nginx: worker process
 Sep 16 17:09:42 ubuntu18 systemd[1]: Starting A high performance web server and a reverse proxy server…
 Sep 16 17:09:42 ubuntu18 systemd[1]: nginx.service: Failed to parse PID from file /run/nginx.pid: Invalid argument
 Sep 16 17:09:42 ubuntu18 systemd[1]: Started A high performance web server and a reverse proxy server.

PHP FPM configuration file is /etc/php/7.4/fpm/pool.d/www.conf.

Enjoy using PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu 19.04/ Ubuntu 18.04 / Ubuntu 16.04 Linux system.

For other systems:

How To Install PHP 7.4 on Fedora

How To Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

How To Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 7

How To Install PHP 7.4 on Debian 10 / Debian 9