Install Latest PHP (7.4), PHP-FPM on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

Published on December 24, 2019 1 min read

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In this article, I’ll show you how to install the latest version of PHP with PHP-FPM on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8. Let’s start:

Table of Contents

  1. Install Repositories
  2. Install dnf-utils Package
  3. Install PHP with PHP-FPM
  4. Configure PHP-FPM
  5. More Info

Step 1 : Install Repositories

To install the latest PHP, we have to add two repositories on our server. The first one is the EPEL repository:

sudo dnf install

The second one is the Remi repository. Mainly we need this one. Remi repo requires EPEL repo.

sudo dnf install

Step 2 : Install dnf-utils Package

Run this command to install dnf-utils:

sudo dnf install dnf-utils

Step 3 : Install PHP with PHP-FPM

See all available PHP version:

sudo dnf module list php

You’ll find PHP 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4 versions. Let’s install PHP 7.4 :

sudo dnf module install php:remi-7.4

Now install all necessary PHP modules including PHP-FPM:

sudo dnf install -y php-fpm php-cli php-common php-zip php-gd php-mcrypt php-mbstring php-curl php-xml php-pear php-bcmath php-json php-pdo

To check the installed version of PHP, run this:

php -v

Step 4 : Configure PHP-FPM

Open php.ini file:

sudo nano /etc/php.ini

and add this line to the configuration file:


Save and close the file. Next, open www.conf file:

sudo nano /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf

Now find user and group and change their values to your username. I’m going to setup for nginx.

user = nginx
group = nginx

Now find listen.owner and and change their values to your username too.

listen.owner = nginx = nginx

Save & close the file and start the PHP processor by typing:

sudo systemctl start php-fpm

Enable php-fpm to start on boot:

sudo systemctl enable php-fpm

Now restart web-server:

# nginx
sudo systemctl restart nginx

# apache
sudo systemctl restart httpd

Step 5 : More Info

The Nginx virtual host directive for PHP-FPM:

server {

    # more config

    location ~ \.php$ {
        try_files $uri =404;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include fastcgi_params;

These are some useful PHP-FPM commands:

sudo systemctl stop php-fpm
sudo systemctl restart php-fpm
sudo systemctl status php-fpm


Hey, I'm Md Obydullah. I build open-source projects and write on Laravel, Linux server, modern JavaScript and more on web development.


2 Replies to “Install Latest PHP (7.4), PHP-FPM on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8”

    1. Hello Phoenix, you can do it in some ways. I’m telling you one method here. Remove PHP from your server and reinstall PHP by following this article. It won’t affect your server.

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