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Upgrade to PHP 8.x.0-dev with Homebrew on Mac

Sesha
Full-stack web developer & Programmer & @laravelphp artisan & @vuejs enthusiast
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Now, PHP 8.0.0 Release Candidate 4 available for testing, It's expected to release on November 26, 2020, It's a new major version, and a lot of improvements and new features.

Here, step by step process to install PHP 8.0.0-dev with Homebrew on Mac.

Make sure brew up to date with the following command

  brew update
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At the time of writing this article, brew doesn't support php8, So we install using this git repo

Add the tap

Fetch the formulae in this tap.

brew tap shivammathur/php
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Install PHP 8.0

brew install shivammathur/php/php@8.0
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and finally, link with PHP 8.0

brew link --overwrite --force php@7.3
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Check the current version by running PHP -v:

PHP -v
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And restart the Restart Nginx or Apache:

sudo nginx -s reload

//or 

sudo apachectl restart

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And also you check your local web server using the current version by running the following script.

// create index.php file, this should be accessible to your web server

phpinfo(); die();
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Switching between versions.

If you want to switch back to PHP 7.4, here you can do that.

Unlink the current version like this

brew unlink PHP
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and link to PHP 7.4

 brew link --overwrite --force php@7.4
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if you want to link to PHP 7.3

 brew link --overwrite --force php@7.3
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