This section contains notes and hints specific to Apache 2.0 installs of PHP on Unix systems.
We do not recommend using a threaded MPM in production with Apache2. Use the prefork MPM instead, or use Apache1. For information on why, read the related FAQ entry on using Apache2 with a threaded MPM
You are highly encouraged to take a look at the » Apache Documentation to get a basic understanding of the Apache 2.0 Server.
The following versions of PHP are known to work with the most recent version of Apache 2.0.x:
These versions of PHP are compatible to Apache 2.0.40 and later.
SAPI-support started with PHP 4.2.0.
PHP 4.2.3 works with Apache 2.0.39, don't use any other version of Apache with
PHP 4.2.3. However, the recommended setup is to use PHP 4.3.0 or later with
the most recent version of Apache2.
All mentioned versions of PHP will work still with Apache 1.3.x.
Download the most recent version of » Apache 2.0 and a fitting PHP version from the above mentioned places. This quick guide covers only the basics to get started with Apache 2.0 and PHP. For more information read the » Apache Documentation. The version numbers have been omitted here, to ensure the instructions are not incorrect. You will need to replace the 'NN' here with the correct values from your files.
1. gzip -d httpd-2_0_NN.tar.gz
2. tar xvf httpd-2_0_NN.tar
3. gunzip php-NN.tar.gz
4. tar -xvf php-NN.tar
5. cd httpd-2_0_NN
6. ./configure --enable-so
8. make install
Now you have Apache 2.0.NN available under /usr/local/apache2,
configured with loadable module support and the standard MPM prefork.
To test the installation use your normal procedure for starting
the Apache server, e.g.:
and stop the server to go on with the configuration for PHP:
9. cd ../php-NN
10. Now, configure your PHP. This is where you customize your PHP
with various options, like which extensions will be enabled. Do a
./configure --help for a list of available options. In our example
we'll do a simple configure with Apache 2 and MySQL support. Your
path to apxs may differ, in fact, the binary may even be named apxs2 on
./configure --with-apxs2=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs --with-mysql
12. make install
If you decide to change your configure options after installation,
you only need to repeat the last three steps. You only need to
restart apache for the new module to take effect. A recompile of
Apache is not needed.
Note that unless told otherwise, 'make install' will also install PEAR,
various PHP tools such as phpize, install the PHP CLI, and more.
13. Setup your php.ini
cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/lib/php.ini
You may edit your .ini file to set PHP options. If you prefer having
php.ini in another location, use --with-config-file-path=/some/path in
If you instead choose php.ini-recommended, be certain to read the list
of changes within, as they affect how PHP behaves.
14. Edit your httpd.conf to load the PHP module. The path on the right hand
side of the LoadModule statement must point to the path of the PHP
module on your system. The make install from above may have already
added this for you, but be sure to check.
For PHP 4:
LoadModule php4_module modules/libphp4.so
For PHP 5:
LoadModule php5_module modules/libphp5.so
15. Tell Apache to parse certain extensions as PHP. For example,
let's have Apache parse the .php extension as PHP. You could
have any extension(s) parse as PHP by simply adding more, with
each separated by a space. We'll add .phtml to demonstrate.
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .phtml
It's also common to setup the .phps extension to show highlighted PHP
source, this can be done with:
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
16. Use your normal procedure for starting the Apache server, e.g.:
Following the steps above you will have a running Apache 2.0 with
support for PHP as
Of course there are many more configuration options available for both,
Apache and PHP. For more information use
./configure --help in the corresponding source
tree. In case you wish to build a multithreaded version of Apache 2.0
you must overwrite the standard MPM-Module
To do so append to your configure line in step 6 above either the option
--with-mpm=perchild. Take care about
the consequences and understand what you are doing. For more information
read the Apache documentation about the »
If you want to use content negotiation, read the Apache MultiViews FAQ.
To build a multithreaded version of Apache your system must support threads.
This also implies to build PHP with experimental
Zend Thread Safety (ZTS). Therefore not all extensions might be available.
The recommended setup is to build Apache with the standard