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003 Install and setup PHP 7.x

PHP is a serverside programming language for web servers. We will be installing PHP for Apache2. At the time of this writing PHP, 8.2.0 is out, but it’s not yet supported in the main distribution path. Because of this, we will be installing PHP 7.4.  There are ways of installing 8.2.0 on your Pi, but I don’t like to add a 3rd party distribution to my Raspberry Pi. If that Distro was from PHP.net I would happily add it.


Installing the latest supported version of PHP on your Raspberry PI

sudo apt install php-common libapache2-mod-php php-cli

Once that is completed, it is a good idea to reboot your Pi.

sudo reboot

Hello World

As is tradition, let’s add a Hello World! page using PHP and test it from our PC or MAC.

From the command line type:

sudo nano /var/www/html/hello.php

Once in the nano text editor type:

echo ('Hello World!')

Then do a Control-X, then Y, then enter to save your file.

Now from your PC or Mac, navigate to the IP address and filename

Example: HTTP://

You should see this:

You now have the basic installation of PHP completed on your Pi.