Ubuntu 14.04 - PHP Version Upgraded from 5.5.9 to 5.6 - phpinfo still shows 5.5.9, php -v shows 5.6 - uninstalling 5.5.9??

September 3, 2016 64.9k views
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I tried several ways to upgrade PHP on my Ubuntu 14.04 machine from 5.5.9 to 5.6. It was not easy, at least it worked like described on http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/prereq/php-ubuntu.html.

Typing php -v shows

codePHP 5.6.25-2+deb.sury.org~trusty+1 (cli)
Copyright © 1997-2016 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.6.0, Copyright © 1998-2016 Zend Technologies
with Zend OPcache v7.0.6-dev, Copyright © 1999-2016, by Zend Technologiescode

looks good so far....

But phpinfo still shows
codePHP Version 5.5.9-1ubuntu4.19code

How can I enforce apache to use PHP 5.6??

7 Answers


Don’t know if you guys already resolved the problem, but here is how i did:

sudo a2dismod php5
sudo a2enmod php5.6
sudo service apache2 restart

As described here by michaelpporter


a2dismod and a2enmod didn’t work. I found the following solution based on the answer on

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get purge php5-common # remove and purge old PHP 5.x packages
sudo apt-get update # I had to run the update command again
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5.6

now phpinfo() shows
PHP Version 5.6.26-1+deb.sury.org~trusty+1

So I would say it works… ;)

  • Note: uninstalling php5 also removed phpmyadmin –> after reinstalling phpmyadmin the system was a little bit confused, both php-versions - php5 and php5.6 were “alive”;
    phpmyadmin did not work - module mbstring was missing.

    Solution: disabling module php5 and enabling php5.6 using the command

    sudo a2dismod php5
    sudo a2enmod php5.6
    sudo service apache2 restart

    installing mbstring and other modules using

    sudo apt-get install php5.6-mbstring
    sudo apt-get install php5.6-gettext
    sudo apt-get install php5.6-mysql
    sudo service apache2 restart

    now phpmyadmin is working fine!

    This post was helping me to find the solution:

I have the same problem, any news @flesh ?

No one else got this problem?

No answer… it seems that no one else has this problem…

  • hmm sad. I have made like 5 installs and tried different solutions but still cant come by this…

In my case i needed to work with php 7.0 and the following worked:

sudo a2dismod php5;
sudo a2enmod php7.0;
sudo service apache2 restart;

Hope this helps !

Please Be Advise!

The instructions above are not applicable to Ubuntu 14.04 anymore.

It doesn’t work anymore due to Ubuntu 14.04 End Of Life (Apr 2019).

The ppa maintainer has dropped support for Ubuntu 14.04, the supported releases is as follow:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial
  • Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic
  • Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic
  • Ubuntu 19.04 Disco
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