This article has detailed steps on doing clean install of PHP 7.2 (latest PHP version as of August 2018). If you already have PHP installed via homebrew, then it requires you to first remove those PHP installations and then do the fresh PHP install. Reason of doing so, is to avoid conflicts that arise because of Homebrew March 2018 updates. Further details within blog!
- Problem Background
Recently, I wanted to include a new module (visualception) in my test automation project that is built on top of codeception. In order to successfully make it work, there was a requirement to have
php-imagickextension already installed in your system.
Initial search showed that, in past you could have installed
php-imagickextension using command like
brew install php71-imagick, but this does not work any more of Homebrew updates. With the migration to
Homebrew-core, the php formula has stopped taking over the role of PECL. So now for installation of php extensions (like imagick or x-debug) you have to use PECL.
Due to older php installations, I was getting lot of issues while trying to install php-imagick extension. Ultimately, I was able to resolve all the problems by installing PHP from scratch. In below, I have listed all the steps for fresh PHP installation.
1. Prerequisite Steps For First Time PHP-Installation
1.1 First install xcode-command-line tools by running below command in terminal. If any popup message appears during installation, that needs to be confirmed. For further details on xcode tools, you may check this link.
1.2 As we are going to do all PHP related installations through macOS package manager Homebrew. So next we need to set it up by running below command:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Installation process will will show several prompts and may also ask for mac password. This may take a few minutes. Once it is done, you can verify the installation was successful by running below commands:
brew --version # it will return the Homebrew installed version number like .. Homebrew 1.7.2 brew doctor # it will ensure everything is configured correctly and if something is wrong then give instructions to fix
2. Remove EXISTING PHP (homeBREW) INSTALLATIONS
2.1 Removing all PHP-Homebrew related installations
First run below brew commands to make sure brew is updated and has no configuration issues.
brew update # updates brew itself brew upgrade # upgrades all packages installed via brew brew cleanup # by default, brew doesnot uninstall old versions. cleanup command will do the job brew doctor # Checks brew state and returns error, if there are any issues
If brew doctor or cleanup throws any errors then fix them as per instructions returned by brew-doctor or
ask google 🙂
Now onto removing existing PHP-related installations (that were done by homebrew).
brew list | grep php # will show list of existing php installations done via homebrew brew uninstall --force $x # where $x = value returned by above command (brew list | grep php) rm -rf /usr/local/Cellar/php # run to ensure php dir removed rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.php* # run to remove launch agents sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.php* ps ax | grep php # checks php processes, if any still running then reboot
After above, again run
brew cleanup and
brew doctor to ensure everything working fine.
3. FINALLY… sTART WITH PHP INSTALLATION !
3.1 Run PHP Installation commands
brew install php # this command will install latest available version of php Or if you want to install specific versions you may run commands like below brew install email@example.com # these are version specific commands. run these if specific version required. brew install firstname.lastname@example.org brew install email@example.com brew install firstname.lastname@example.org hash -r # update bash's internal paths
Once done with above, now verify thatyou are running the correct homebrew–PHP by running
type php command. If it returns
/usr/local/...anything.../php then it means you are running homebrew-PHP. If it returns something like
/usr/bin/php then it means you are running apple-supplied-PHP. In that case you need to fix paths, as we want to use homebrew-PHP! Finally run
brew doctor to make sure everything is fine and no configuration errors are thrown.
3.2 Switching between PHP versions
If you have multiple php versions and want to switch between them, then you can do so by using
brew link and
brew unlink commands.
# Running below commands will switch php5.6 from php7.2 brew unlink email@example.com brew link --force --overwrite firstname.lastname@example.org brew doctor # to ensure all configs are fine php -v # verify successful relinking done # To again switch to php7.2 from php5.6 do below commands brew unlink email@example.com brew link --force --overwrite firstname.lastname@example.org brew doctor # to ensure all configs are fine php -v # to verify successful relinking done
3.3 Install PHP extensions
As mentioned in start, php extensions such as php-imagick or php-xdebug which were previously installed by commands like (
brew install php53-imagick) now should be installed by PECL (for details on PECL check this link). Below are example commands for installation of xdebug and imagick extension.
pecl install xdebug pecl install imagick
Now you may run
php -v to verify php version and
php -m to check enabled extensions.