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How to Upgrade PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.2 on CentOS VestaCP

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to upgrade PHP 5.6.xx which is by default installed by Vesta CP during installation to PHP 7.2.xx latest, I’ve tested on many server before writing this tutorial and its just working fine without any issue hence it is safe to upgrade to PHP 7.2, part of this tutorial is copied from remi repository.

Why upgrade to php 7.2 –  Because it will give you security & performance boost + KICK, since WordPress will load much faster and uses less resources.

Upgrade to php 7.3 : https://www.uxlinux.com/how-to-upgrade-php-5-6-to-php-7-3-on-centos-vestacp/

STEP 1 :

Install Remi Repository and EPEL Repository on your server :

RHEL 7

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-7.rpm epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-optional-rpms

RHEL 6

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-6.rpm epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
rhn-channel --add --channel=rhel-$(uname -i)-server-optional-6

CentOS 7

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-7.rpm epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

CentOS 6

wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
rpm -Uvh remi-release-6.rpm epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm

STEP 2 :

After you have installed repository you need to follow some extra configurations :

Run this command one by one for RHEL or CentOS

yum install yum-utils
yum-config-manager --enable remi-php72

 STEP 3 :

Now just run this command :

yum update -y

You’ll see php packages are getting updated, After the update process you need to restart Apache server/php-fpm-(nginx) and check the php version from by below mentioned command:

php -v
[root@server ~]# php -v
PHP 7.2.7 (cli) (built: Jun 20 2018 08:21:26) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.2.7, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies

Troubleshoot

If php upgrade process fails (no update/nothing happens) or you upgraded previously from 5.6 to 7.0/7.1 then you need to run this commands to disable php 5.6/7.0/7.1 :

yum-config-manager --disable remi-php56
yum-config-manager --disable remi-php70
yum-config-manager --disable remi-php71

After that follow the tutorial from STEP 2 again.

Sandeep B.

I'm a system admin and php developer and currently working as System Admin In CWP Control panel, expertise in Linux and Windows administration RHEL certified admin.

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28 Comments

  1. HI,
    CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core)
    PHP 5.6.32

    Do all steps from instruction with no errors
    result: php -v
    still PHP 5.6.32

    Any ideas ?

  2. Thank you for sharing.
    I tried until step 2 and got this problem:
    > yum-config-manager –enable remi-php72
    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror

    Could you give me a solution?
    I also tried:
    ————
    #rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__*
    #rpm –rebuilddb -v -v
    ————
    Or even
    ———–
    /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/fastestmirror.conf
    Change enabled=1 to enabled=0
    ———–

    Thanks

  3. Not all steps, but when I want to enter softaculous, I get the following error

    Site error: the ionCube PHP Loader needs to be installed. This is a widely used PHP extension for running ionCube protected PHP code, website security and malware blocking. Please visit get-loader.ioncube.com for install assistance.

  4. Great tutorial

    My Current PHP Version is 5.4.45 installed on Centos 6.9. I need to Upgrade it to PHP 7.2

    I followed steps as mentioned and on running php update -y but I get the following error

    Error: Package: gd-last-2.2.5-5.el6.remi.x86_64 (remi)
    Requires: libwebp.so.5()(64bit)
    You could try using –skip-broken to work around the problem
    You could try running: rpm -Va –nofiles –nodigest

    Kindly can you help me resolve this

    Thanks

    1. hi install epel release on you server and try to do the steps again
      yum install epel-release
      then install
      yum --enablerepo=epel install libwebp libwebp-devel

    1. probably you tried lots of tutorial and finally upgraded the php from our site’s tutorial, you can try to reinstall phpmyadmin
      yum reinstall phpmyadmin

      if it doesn’t work

      try this instead :

      yum remove phpmyadmin -y && yum install phpmyadmin -y

      and don’t forget to restart the web-server

    1. how php upgrade break bind/named service, i didn’t understand and technically it is impossible. Check the status for named service why it is stopped.

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