How To Install HipHop Virtual Machine on CentOS 7

Install HipHop Virtual Machine on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HipHop Virtual Machine on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, For those of you who didn’t know, HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) is a virtual machine developed and open-sourced by Facebook to process and execute programs and scripts written in PHP. Facebook developed HHVM because the regular Zend+Apache combination isn’t as efficient to serve large applications built in PHP.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install HipHop Virtual Machine on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Required Dependency.

Install the dependencies for the HHVM installation:

yum localinstall http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm
yum localinstall http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
yum install cpp gcc-c++ cmake3 git psmisc {binutils,boost,jemalloc,numactl}-devel \
{ImageMagick,sqlite,tbb,bzip2,openldap,readline,elfutils-libelf,gmp,lz4,pcre}-devel \
lib{xslt,event,yaml,vpx,png,zip,icu,mcrypt,memcached,cap,dwarf}-devel \
{unixODBC,expat,mariadb}-devel lib{edit,curl,xml2,xslt}-devel \
glog-devel oniguruma-devel ocaml gperf enca libjpeg-turbo-devel openssl-devel \
mariadb mariadb-server {fastlz,double-conversion,re2}-devel make -y

Step 3. Installing HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) on CentOS 7.

Ok now we have the server ready let’s get and build hhvm:

cd /tmp
git clone https://github.com/facebook/hhvm -b master hhvm --recursive
cd hhvm

Time to build:

cmake \
-DLIBMAGICKWAND_INCLUDE_DIRS="/usr/include/ImageMagick-6" \
-DLIBMAGICKCORE_LIBRARIES="/usr/lib64/libMagickCore-6.Q16.so" \
-DLIBMAGICKWAND_LIBRARIES="/usr/lib64/libMagickWand-6.Q16.so" .
make -j$(($(nproc)+1))
./hphp/hhvm/hhvm --version
sudo make install

Step 4. Config Setup HHVM.

First, create some folders:

mkdir /etc/hhvm
mkdir /var/run/hhvm
mkdir /var/log/hhvm
mkdir /var/tmp/hhvm
mkdir -p /usr/share/hhvm/hdf/
chmod 775 /var/run/hhvm
chmod 777 /var/tmp/hhvm

Next, add some config files:

nano /etc/hhvm/server.hdf

Add the following files:

PidFile = /var/run/hhvm/pid
Server {
Port = 9000
SourceRoot = /var/www/
DefaultDocument = index.php
Log {
Level = Warning
AlwaysLogUnhandledExceptions = true
RuntimeErrorReportingLevel = 8191
UseLogFile = true
UseSyslog = false
File = /var/log/hhvm/error.log
Access {
* {
File = /var/log/hhvm/access.log
Format = %h %l %u % t \"%r\" %>s %b
Repo {
Central {
Path = /var/tmp/hhvm/.hhvm.hhbc
#include "/usr/share/hhvm/hdf/static.mime-types.hdf"
StaticFile {
FilesMatch {
* {
pattern = .*\.(dll|exe)
headers { 
* = Content-Disposition: attachment 
Extensions : StaticMimeTypes
TypedResults = false

Next, Adding the service:

nano /usr/lib/systemd/system/hhvm.service

Add the following files:

Description=HHVM HipHop Virtual Machine (FCGI)
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/hhvm --config /etc/hhvm/server.hdf --user nobody --mode daemon -vServer.Type=fastcgi -vServer.Port=9000

Reload the systemd service, start hhvm, and add it to be started at boot time:

systemctl enable hhvm
systemctl start hhvm
systemctl status hhvm

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the HipHop Virtual Machine. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official HHVM website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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