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Updating PHP version from 5.3 to 5.6 on Linux CentOS

This task is not so easy, especially if you are updating PHP on a production server. I have taken note of the steps I have followed. Let's open our shell with root permissions: First check your PHP version

php -v

Download some repository and edit some configuration:

wget && rpm -Uvh epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
wget && rpm -Uvh remi-release-6*.rpm

Edit the configuration:

vim /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo

On the [remi] section update the row: enabled=1 Do the same on [remi-php56] section and upgrade yum:

yum -y upgrade php*

If the system asks you about SSL certificates, you can ignore them if necessary:

echo "check_certificate = off" >> ~/.wgetrc

Edit the httpd.conf file of your Apache web server:

vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

LoadModule php5_module /usr/lib64/httpd/modules/

Restart Apache and check status

/sbin/service httpd restart


sudo apachectl -k stop
sudo apachectl -k start

apachectl status

You can check your PHP version even before restart Apache with php -v. Once you have PHP installed, remember to set the DateTime zone or check other settings into the php.ini files, both for CLI and web:

vim /etc/php.ini