Package not installed on Linux

I was trying to install the php and laravel pkg on Linux Ubuntu, but everytime he shows this error package not installed use the latest version.

What should I do?

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February 22, 2024


If you’re encountering an error stating “package not installed use the latest version” while trying to install PHP and Laravel on Ubuntu, it’s likely that there are issues with the package versions or repository configurations. Here are the steps to troubleshoot and resolve this issue:

  1. Update and Upgrade Packages: First, ensure your package lists are up to date. Run these commands:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
  1. Install PHP:

    • Check the PHP version available in your Ubuntu repository:
apt search php
-   Install the latest version of PHP available (for example, if the latest is PHP 8.0):
sudo apt install php8.0
-   Install necessary PHP extensions. Laravel requires some specific PHP extensions. You can install them with:
sudo apt install php8.0-xml php8.0-mbstring php8.0-mysql php8.0-sqlite3 php8.0-curl php8.0-gd
  1. Install Composer: Composer is a dependency manager for PHP, required for installing Laravel.

    • Download and install Composer by following the instructions on the official Composer website.
  2. Install Laravel: With PHP and Composer installed, you can install Laravel globally using Composer:

composer global require laravel/installer
Ensure that the Composer global bin directory is in your system's "PATH".
  1. Check PHP and Laravel Versions:

    • Verify PHP installation:
php -v
-   Verify Laravel installation:
laravel -v
  1. Troubleshooting:

    • If you are still receiving errors, it might be helpful to see the exact error messages. Errors can provide clues as to what might be going wrong.
    • Ensure that there are no conflicts between package versions and that your Ubuntu version supports the packages you’re trying to install.
    • Sometimes, adding a third-party PPA (Personal Package Archive) can help in getting the latest versions of PHP:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo apt update
-   After adding a new PPA, try installing PHP again.
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February 21, 2024


You can use our article on How to setup a LAMP stack on Ubuntu 22.04 and just follow the steps for PHP to get it installed on your droplet:

You can include any additional packages to the install command as well. Once done you can check the PHP version with php -v

Hope that this helps!

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