In this tutorial we will show you how to install PHP on Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open source, popular general-purpose scripting language that is widely-used and best suited for developing websites and web-based applications. It is a server-side scripting language that can be embedded in HTML.
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 through the step by step installation PHP on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.
Install PHP on Debian 10 Buster
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal:
Following commands to install the required packages on your system first. Then import packages signing key. After that configure PPA for the PHP packages on your system:
wget-qhttps://packages.sury.org/php/apt.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudoecho"deb https://packages.sury.org/php/ buster main"|tee/etc/apt/sources.list.d/php.list
Now we can install PHP7.3 and some common extensions for it. We’re also installing these extensions because you’ll find that many software like CMS (WordPress, Joomla etc) require these extensions from time to time, so it’s good to have them readily installed:
To verify the installation is completed, run the following command:
### php -v
After you’ve installed PHP 7.3, you can start it, enable auto-start on boot, and check it’s status. You can do this with the following commands:
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed PHP. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the PHP on Debian 9 server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official PHP website.