How to update PHP version 7.2 to 7.4 in CentOS 7?

This is a short guide on how to Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 7 Linux system. The PHP Version 7.4.0 has been released in stabilization phase for the developers, and for users to test. This is not recommended to be run in Production, until the stable version of PHP 7.4 is made available to the general public. The expected official release date is November 28, 2019.

For RHEL 8 / CentOS 8: How To Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

PHP 7.4 comes with a remarkable amount of new features. This version is RPM are available in the remi-php74 repository for Fedora ≥ 29 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 7 (RHEL, CentOS) and as Software Collection in the remi-safe repository (or remi for Fedora).

Step 1: Add EPEL and REMI Repository

Run the commands below to add required repositories.

sudo yum -y install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
sudo yum -y install https://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/remi-release-7.rpm

Step 2: Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 7

We can now enable PHP 7.4 Remi repository and install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 7.

sudo yum -y install yum-utils
sudo yum-config-manager --enable remi-php74

Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 7.

sudo yum update
sudo yum install php php-cli

Accept installation prompt.

Dependencies Resolved

======================================================================================================================================================================================================
 Package                                        Arch                                     Version                                                   Repository                                    Size
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Installing:
 php                                            x86_64                                   7.4.30-1.el7.remi                                         remi-php74                                   3.4 M
 php-cli                                        x86_64                                   7.4.30-1.el7.remi                                         remi-php74                                   5.2 M
Installing for dependencies:
 apr                                            x86_64                                   1.4.8-7.el7                                               base                                         104 k
 apr-util                                       x86_64                                   1.5.2-6.el7                                               base                                          92 k
 centos-logos                                   noarch                                   70.0.6-3.el7.centos                                       base                                          21 M
 httpd                                          x86_64                                   2.4.6-97.el7.centos.5                                     updates                                      2.7 M
 httpd-tools                                    x86_64                                   2.4.6-97.el7.centos.5                                     updates                                       94 k
 libsodium                                      x86_64                                   1.0.18-1.el7                                              epel                                         147 k
 mailcap                                        noarch                                   2.1.41-2.el7                                              base                                          31 k
 php-common                                     x86_64                                   7.4.30-1.el7.remi                                         remi-php74                                   1.2 M
 php-json                                       x86_64                                   7.4.30-1.el7.remi                                         remi-php74                                    74 k
 php-sodium                                     x86_64                                   7.4.30-1.el7.remi                                         remi-php74                                    85 k

Transaction Summary
======================================================================================================================================================================================================
Install  2 Packages (+10 Dependent packages)

Total download size: 34 M
Installed size: 73 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

Also agree to import GPG keys:

....
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                                                                                                                                                  31 MB/s |  34 MB  00:00:01
Retrieving key from file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-remi
Importing GPG key 0x00F97F56:
 Userid     : "Remi Collet <[email protected]>"
 Fingerprint: 1ee0 4cce 88a4 ae4a a29a 5df5 004e 6f47 00f9 7f56
 Package    : remi-release-7.9-4.el7.remi.noarch (@/remi-release-7)
 From       : /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-remi
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Retrieving key from file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7
Importing GPG key 0x352C64E5:
 Userid     : "Fedora EPEL (7) <[email protected]>"
 Fingerprint: 91e9 7d7c 4a5e 96f1 7f3e 888f 6a2f aea2 352c 64e5
 Package    : epel-release-7-14.noarch (@/epel-release-latest-7.noarch)
 From       : /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7
Is this ok [y/N]: y

Step 3: Install PHP 7.4 Extensions

Use the next command to install additional packages:

sudo yum install php-xxx

Example:

sudo yum install php  php-cli php-fpm php-mysqlnd php-zip php-devel php-gd php-mcrypt php-mbstring php-curl php-xml php-pear php-bcmath php-json

The current PHP version should be 7.4.

$ php -v
PHP 7.4.30 (cli) (built: Jun  7 2022 08:38:19) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.4.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies

To view enabled modules, run:

$ php --modules

You have successfully installed PHP 7.4 on CentOS 7. Enjoy your PHP development/tests with this release and don’t forget to provide feedback to the Development team.

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PHP 7.4 installation on other Linux systems:

How To Install PHP 7.4 on Fedora

How To Install PHP 7.4 on Debian 10 / Debian 9

How To Install PHP 7.4 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

How To Install PHP 7.4 on Ubuntu

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