Install old version of PHP & MySQL on Ubuntu 10.04 or 12.04

  • Posted July 28, 2014

I’m using Ubuntu and i want to install old version of MySQL and PHp such as MySQL 5.2 or lower and PHP 5.2 or lower because my software isn’t compatible with newer version. But i don’t know how. I tried googling but didn’t work. There’s nothing much. So plz help me :)


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The simplest way to avoid these issues is of course to try to update the software/scripts. I haven’t gone through all the changelogs from PHP 5.2 to 5.5 though I doubt a lot of changes are necessary in order to make it work with the latest version.

In case you still prefer/have to use the old versions, then you have two options:

a) Remove the current PHP/MySQL packages, locate the old versions as .deb files, install them using dpkg -i and use apt-mark hold package-name in order to avoid updates from being installed

b) Compile/download the PHP/MySQL binaries and install them manually

When it comes to the first option, you may end up having a lot of dependency problems and having to downgrade other packages. Therefore, I recommend that you stick to the second option unless you have never tried to compile a package before.