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How to Upgrade PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.2 on CentOS 6-7

kevinmel2000 profile image Teddy Zugana ・2 min read

I’ll show you how to upgrade PHP 5.6.xx which is by default installed by Vesta CP during installation to PHP 7.2.xx latest, I’ve tested on many server before writing this tutorial and its just working fine without any issue hence it is safe to upgrade to PHP 7.2, part of this tutorial is copied from remi repository.

Why upgrade to php 7.2 – Because it will give you security & performance boost + KICK, since WordPress will load much faster and uses less resources.

STEP 1 :

Install Remi Repository and EPEL Repository on your server :
RHEL 7

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-7.rpm epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-optional-rpms

RHEL 6

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-6.rpm epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
rhn-channel --add --channel=rhel-$(uname -i)-server-optional-6

CentOS 7

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-7.rpm epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

CentOS 6

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-6.rpm epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm

STEP 2 :

After you have installed repository you need to follow some extra configurations :
Run this command one by one for RHEL or CentOS

yum install yum-utils
yum-config-manager --enable remi-php72

STEP 3 :

Now just run this command :

yum update -y

You’ll see php packages are getting updated, After the update process you need to restart Apache server/php-fpm-(nginx) and check the php version from by below mentioned command:

php -v

[root@server ~]# php -v
PHP 7.2.7 (cli) (built: Jun 20 2018 08:21:26) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies

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