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Install PHP 8.0 on Centos 7 using Ansible – How to do

by | Jul 3, 2021

Wondering how to install PHP 8.0 on Centos 7 using Ansible? We can help you!

Here at Bobcares, we often handle requests from our customers to Install PHP 8.0 as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today we will see how our Support Engineers do this using Ansible for our customers.

How to install PHP 8.0 on Centos 7 using Ansible

Generally, the base repository of Centos 7 does not have PHP 8.0 package on it. So to install PHP 8.0 we will use Remi-repository.

Following are the steps for installation:

1. Firstly, we need to set up Remi-repository on the target machine.

$ sudo dnf install -y https://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm

2. Then we can list the available PHP module streams with the following command:

$ sudo dnf module list PHP

3. After this we need to enable this module before installing PHP 8.0. To enable it we can use the following:

<$ sudo dnf module enable php:remi-8.0 -y

4. Finally, we can install PHP 8.0 depending upon the webserver as given below:

PHP 8.0 for Apache

$ sudo dnf install php php-cli php-common

PHP 8.0 for Nginx

$ sudo dnf install php php-cli php-common php-fpm

Though the above steps can be done easily on a single CentOS machine quickly, it becomes tedious when we wish to deploy it on hundreds of servers at the same time.

However, using ansible, the process can be automated and done hassle-free.

Steps for PHP 8.0 Installation using Ansible:

When we have Ansible set up and ready we can do the following steps for installing PHP 8.0 on Centos 7

1. First we need to create a playbook named ‘php_8_centos.yml’ using the following command:

$ nano php_8_centos.yml

2. Then add the following lines into the playbook:

---

- hosts: all
gather_facts: false
become: true
tasks:
- name: Installing Remi Repository
yum:
name: https://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
state: present

- name: Installing php
yum:
enablerepo: "remi,remi-php80" # If you intent to install a different version of PHP, you can change the repo according. Eg : "remi,remi-php74"
name:
- php
- php-common
- php-cli
- php-gd
- php-curl #You can add or remove PHP extensions according to your choice
- php-mysqlnd
- php-fpm
- php-mysqli
state: latest

3. We can save the .yml file and run the ansible-playbook as given below:

$ ansible-playbook php_8_centos.yml

Expected Output :

~~~
$ ansible-playbook php_8_centos.yml

PLAY [all] ***********************************************************************************************************************************

TASK [Installing Remi Repository] ************************************************************************************************************
changed: [server1.lab.com]

TASK [Installing php] ************************************************************************************************************************
changed: [server1.lab.com]

PLAY RECAP ***********************************************************************************************************************************
examplesever.com : ok=2 changed=2 unreachable=0 failed=0 skipped=0 rescued=0 ignored=0
~~~

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Conclusion

To conclude, we saw the steps that our Support Techs follow to Install PHP 8.0 on Centos 7 using Ansible for our customers.

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