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How can I install a specific PHP version on macOS that is not available through the default package manager?

Hey everyone,

I'm having some trouble installing a particular version of PHP on my macOS. The default package manager offers only a limited number of PHP versions, but I need to work with a specific version that is not available there. Can someone guide me through the process of installing this specific PHP version on my macOS?

Any help would be highly appreciated!

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froberts

Hi there,

I faced a similar challenge in installing a specific PHP version on my macOS, and I found a solution by using a tool called phpenv. phpenv allows you to manage multiple PHP versions effortlessly.

Here's how I managed to install the specific PHP version:

1. First, ensure that you have phpenv installed on your macOS. If not, open Terminal and run the following command:


curl -L https://github.com/phpenv/phpenv-installer/raw/master/bin/phpenv-installer | bash


2. After successfully installing phpenv, you need to initialize it. Run the following command in the Terminal:


echo 'if which phpenv > /dev/null; then eval "$(phpenv init -)"; fi' >> ~/.bash_profile


3. Close and reopen Terminal, or alternatively, run the command below to apply the changes:


source ~/.bash_profile


4. Now you can install the desired PHP version by using phpenv. Run the following command:


phpenv install x.x.x


Make sure to replace `x.x.x` with the specific version number you want to install.

5. After the installation process completes, you can set the newly installed PHP version as the global default by entering the command:


phpenv global x.x.x


This will make your chosen version the default PHP version for your system.

6. Finally, verify that the installation was successful by running:


php -v


You should see the specific PHP version you installed being displayed.

That's it! You should now have the specific PHP version installed on your macOS using phpenv. If you have any further questions or face any issues, feel free to ask for assistance. Good luck with your PHP development!

sunny65

Hey,

I encountered a similar situation a few months ago and found a way to install a specific PHP version on macOS. Although the default package manager didn't have the version I needed, I successfully installed it by using a tool called phpbrew.

Here's what I did to install the specific PHP version:

1. Begin by installing phpbrew on your macOS. Open up Terminal and enter the following command:


curl -L -O https://github.com/phpbrew/phpbrew/raw/master/phpbrew
chmod +x phpbrew
sudo mv phpbrew /usr/local/bin/


2. Once phpbrew is installed, you can proceed further. Initialize phpbrew by running:


phpbrew init


3. After initialization, you need to edit your shell profile file to allow phpbrew to modify the PATH variable. To do this, open your shell profile file using a text editor. For example, if you're using bash, run:


nano ~/.bashrc


4. Within the file, add the following line:


[[ -e ~/.phpbrew/bashrc ]] && source ~/.phpbrew/bashrc


Save the file and exit.

5. Close and reopen Terminal to apply the changes. Now, you can install the specific PHP version you need by using phpbrew. Run the following command, replacing `x.x.x` with your desired version number:


phpbrew install x.x.x +default


6. The installation may take a while, as it involves downloading and building the PHP version. Once it finishes, set the installed PHP version as your default by running:


phpbrew switch x.x.x


7. To verify that the installation was successful, run:


php -v


Make sure the displayed version matches the one you installed.

That's it! You should now have the specific PHP version up and running on your macOS using phpbrew. If you encounter any issues or have further questions, feel free to ask. Happy coding!

ycartwright

Hey there,

I faced a similar situation a while back and managed to install a specific PHP version on macOS by using a package manager called Homebrew. Homebrew allows you to install software and libraries that are not available through the default package manager.

Here are the steps I followed:

1. First, make sure you have Homebrew installed on your macOS. If not, open Terminal and run the following command:


/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"


2. Once Homebrew is installed, you can search for the available PHP versions by running:


brew search php


3. This will display a list of PHP versions that can be installed. Find the specific version you need and make a note of its formula name.

4. To install the desired PHP version, run the following command, replacing `php@x.x` with the formula name of your desired version:


brew install php@x.x


5. After the installation is complete, you can verify that the correct PHP version is now installed by typing:


php -v


This should display the version you installed.

Please note that you may also need to update your system's PATH variable to ensure that the newly installed PHP version takes precedence over the default version. You can do this by adding the PHP binary path to your shell's configuration file (e.g., .bash_profile or .zshrc).

I hope this helps you install the specific PHP version you need on macOS using Homebrew! Let me know if you have any further questions.

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