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Are PECL extensions automatically enabled after installation, or do I need to configure them separately?

I recently installed a PECL extension on my PHP server, but I'm not sure if it's automatically enabled after installation or if I need to configure it separately. I want to make sure the extension is properly integrated into my PHP environment before I start using it. Can someone shed some light on this? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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In my personal experience, PECL extensions are not automatically enabled after installation. Once you have successfully installed the extension, you will need to enable it manually in your PHP configuration. This is typically done by adding a line to your php.ini file or by creating a separate .ini file in the appropriate PHP extensions directory.

For example, if you installed the PECL extension "example_extension," you would need to locate your php.ini file and add the following line:


Make sure to replace "example_extension" with the actual name of the extension you installed, and ensure that the file extension matches your operating system (e.g., .so for Linux, .dll for Windows).

After making this change, you will need to restart your PHP server for the configuration to take effect. Once restarted, the extension should be enabled, and you can start using it in your PHP applications.

Remember to verify the installation by checking the PHP configuration or using the phpinfo() function to confirm that the extension is loaded and enabled. I hope this helps!


From my personal experience, PECL extensions are not automatically enabled after installation. After successful installation, you need to manually configure them to be enabled in your PHP environment. To enable a PECL extension, you'll typically need to locate the php.ini file and make changes there.

Once you've found the php.ini file, open it with a text editor and search for the section related to extensions. It usually begins with the `[extensions]` label. In this section, find the appropriate entry for your installed PECL extension. It may look like `extension=example_extension.so` or `extension=example_extension.dll`, depending on your operating system.

Uncomment the line by removing the semicolon (;) from the beginning, if necessary. If the entry is not present, you can add it manually. Make sure to replace "example_extension" with the actual name of the PECL extension you installed.

After saving the changes, restart your PHP server or web server. This will ensure that the configuration modifications take effect. Once restarted, you can verify the enabled status of the extension using the phpinfo() function or by checking the PHP configuration.

Remember that enabling a PECL extension may also require additional software dependencies or library installations. Moreover, some extensions may have specific configuration directives that you may want to consider adjusting based on your needs.

By following these steps, you should be able to properly configure and enable your PECL extension. Good luck, and let me know if you need any further assistance!

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