Why hasn't DigitalOcean updated its Ubuntu stack to include the latest version of PHP?

Posted April 9, 2020 735 views

Hi - I have built (and am building) a fairly complex Wordpress-based business news portal that’s hosted on a Ubuntu 18 container here. I notice that the PHP version is slightly out of date, which is having a knock-on effect on my set-up.

Do we know when DO plan to update their distributions?

I have successfully updated the rest of the stack, based on the guides.

Alternatively, is their a step-by-step guide to update PHP to the latest stable release?

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I believe that typically the versions installed with a distribution are updated by Ubuntu and their maintainers, and often this includes security fixes only rather than large upgrades.

Since, for whatever reason, it’s not up-to-date you could opt to switch to packages maintained by other people. One popular one which gets fairly regular updates is ondrej/php which you can find and read about here: .

I’ve had a quick look for a guide and the one I’ve found is a few years old but the process should be pretty similar if you’re able to work through any issues that arise.

I couldn’t say if or when DO themselves might update their distribution but hopefully those two links might help you in the right direction.

by Brennen Bearnes
PHP 7.0 was released on December 3, 2015. It promises substantial speed improvements over previous versions of the language, along with new features like scalar type hinting. This guide explains how to quickly upgrade a PHP 5.x installation on an Ubuntu 14.04 system with Apache or Nginx, using community-provided packages.