Install PHP 5.6 on CentOS 7 Server

CentOS 7 come with outdated PHp 5.4 for some strange reason only enterprise can understand. I normally prefer Ubuntu 16.04 over CentOS 7 because it come with latest software. Default PHP version with Ubuntu 16.04 is 7.

To install PHP 5.6 on CentOS 7, you need to install remi repository.

yum install -y epel-release
wget https://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
rpm -ivh remi-release-7.rpm
yum update

If you have older version of PHP, uninstall it with

yum remove php-pdo php-odbc php-xml php-soap php-cli php-devel php-pspell php php-intl php-xmlrpc php-process php-common php-gd php-mysqlnd php-mbstring 

Now you can install PHP 5.6 with

yum install php56 php56-php php56-php-mysqlnd php56-php-gd php56-php-mcrypt php56-php-mbstring php56-php-xml php56-php-cli

If you need ioncube loader, install it with

yum install php56-php-ioncube-loader

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