Last updated on January 4th, 2023 at 11:20 am
This tutorial covers step by step instruction on installing Apache web server 2.4.51 and configure PHP 7.2 or PHP 8.0 in EC2 instance launched from Amazon Linux 2 AMI . By default if you try to install PHP via yum in Amazon Linux 2 it will install PHP version 5.4 or similar. You need to make use of Amazon Linux Extras repositories to get the latest versions of PHP packages. We will be covering all those in detail below. I am going to install PHP 8.0 since that is the latest version available as of Jan 18th 2022. Same steps can be followed for PHP 7.2 as well.
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Launch EC2 Instance
Launch an EC2 instance by selecting Amazon Linux 2 AMI, I have selected AL 2 with Kernel 5.10 . This is the highest available at the time this tutorial was documented. Make sure to configure the correct Security Group with port 22 open to your own IP address.
Note: In case if you are unable to login to the instance using SSH even after selecting the option of “My IP” while launching instance inside the security group, then cross check whether the IP you have added matches https://checkip.amazonaws.com/ . This happened to me and I had to eventually add the IP shown by https://checkip.amazonaws.com/ to my security group to login via SSH.
Install HTTPD package (httpd-2.4.51-1.amzn2.x86_64 is the package I installed, latest version available as of Jan 18th 2022)
sudo yum install httpd -y
Start the web server
sudo systemctl start httpd
Check the status and confirm web server is running.
# sudo systemctl status httpd ● httpd.service - The Apache HTTP Server Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled) Active: active (running) since Tue 2022-01-18 15:44:03 UTC; 827ms ago Docs: man:httpd.service(8) Main PID: 3434 (httpd) Status: "Processing requests..." CGroup: /system.slice/httpd.service ├─3434 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND ├─3435 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND ├─3436 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND ├─3437 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND ├─3438 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND └─3439 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND Jan 18 15:44:03 ip-xxx-xx-78-xxx.ec2.internal systemd: Starting The Apache HTTP Server...
Let us check the version details of the Apache server installed
# httpd -V Server version: Apache/2.4.51 () Server built: Oct 8 2021 22:03:47 Server's Module Magic Number: 20120211:118 Server loaded: APR 1.7.0, APR-UTIL 1.6.1 Compiled using: APR 1.7.0, APR-UTIL 1.6.1 Architecture: 64-bitServer MPM: prefork threaded: no forked: yes (variable process count) Server compiled with.... -D APR_HAS_SENDFILE -D APR_HAS_MMAP
Run the command to install PHP 8.0 using amazon-linux-extras command (Output truncated)
# sudo amazon-linux-extras install php8.0 Installing php-pdo, php-fpm, php-mysqlnd, php-cli Loaded plugins: extras_suggestions, langpacks, priorities, update-motd Cleaning repos: amzn2-core amzn2extra-docker amzn2extra-kernel-5.10 amzn2extra-php8.0 Transaction Summary Installed: php-cli.x86_64 0:8.0.8-1.amzn2 php-fpm.x86_64 0:8.0.8-1.amzn2 php-mysqlnd.x86_64 0:8.0.8-1.amzn2 php-pdo.x86_64 0:8.0.8-1.amzn2 Dependency Installed: libzip.x86_64 0:1.3.2-1.amzn2.0.1 php-common.x86_64 0:8.0.8-1.amzn2
Note: If you would like to install PHP 7.2 replace php8.0 in the above command with php7.2, The command looks like “sudo amazon-linux-extras install php7.2”
Confirm PHP version
# php -v PHP 8.0.8 (cli) (built: Jul 7 2021 17:35:32) ( NTS )Copyright (c) The PHP GroupZend Engine v4.0.8, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
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Restart Apache for the PHP configuration to take effect.
#sudo systemctl restart httpd
Now let us try to create a file named php_info.php and run it to see whether PHP 8.0 is configured with Apache
[[email protected]]# cd /var/www/html/ [[email protected]]# cat php_info.php <?php phpinfo(); ?> [[email protected]]#
Load the above file by hitting http://<YOUR_INSTANCE_PUBLIC_IP>/php_info.php .
You should get a PHP version web page like below describing your PHP 8.0 information details.
If you have installed PHP 7.2 instead of PHP 8.0 then that specific PHP version details will be shown.
Note: PHP is installed as fast CGI. In case if you are facing issues while loading the above PHP page make sure to check status of php-fpm using systemctl.