Trying to find php_error_log

December 2, 2016 2.5k views
PHP Logging Ubuntu


Using Terminal, where can I find php_error_log?

I found another post on the forum that suggested using

find / -name php_error_log

I got a permission denied message. Then I remembered I need to put sudo before any commands, so I tried

sudo find / -name php_error_log

Terminal listed lots of files, but still output the permission denied message.

I’ve also tried looking at my info.php file, but the only reference I could find was error_log, that just says no value

Any help would be much appciated.

4 Answers


First look at /var/log/apache2/error.log

If you can’t see anything, then in you .php do


Yo can set the error log file name in php.ini doing:

error_log = "your_error_file.log"

Hope this helps.

Hi Konrado

Thanks for taking the time to reply :)

I created a new file called log.php it simply contains <?php error_reporting(-1); ?>

log.php is saved to /var/www/html

I used the locate command to find php.ini

locate php.ini

Terminal output:

  • /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini
  • /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini
  • /usr/lib/php/7.0/php.ini-development
  • /usr/lib/php/7.0/php.ini-production
  • /usr/lib/php/7.0/php.ini-production.cli

Which one do I need to edit?

I assume it’s this one? /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini

but when I run this: /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini Terminal outputs: -bash: /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini: Permission denied

I’m a beginner…

So, I tried: sudo /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini Terminal outputs: sudo: /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini: command not found

Any ideas?

Hi @smeehan

For starters, ou can use phpinfo(); function to ensure php.ini file is in use. But yes - probably it’s /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini

To edit it (you almost got that) - use e.g.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini/php.ini

where nane is an editor, you can use “vim” or anything you want, like some gui editor.

After editing the file, you must do:

sudo service apache2 restart

For PHP to re-read the options.

Hi @konrado

Thanks for this, however, I found this post: Apache Log Location, it looks like it should work.

I thought it was strange the error.log wasn’t on the server, it’s a standard file I’ve been able to access on another hosting provider.

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