PHP 5.5 on Raspbian Raspberry Pi

php 5.5.8

Raspberry pi runs Debian Wheezy, but with just one quick line change we can upgrade to Debian Jessie which is a newer version and provides PHP 5.5 binaries (5.5.8 at the time of this blog post.)

Start out by editing the APT sources:

vim /etc/apt/sources.list

Change wheezy to jessie, so that it looks like this:

deb jessie main contrib non-free rpi

(Don’t add or remove any lines, just change the one above)

Now run:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get autoremove

If you havent aready installed PHP, you can do it now via:

apt-get install php5 php5-cli

Finally, confirm your PHP version:

php -v

This should result in:

PHP 5.5.8-2 (cli) (built: Jan 18 2014 07:39:52)
Copyright (c) 1997-2013 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.5.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2013 Zend Technologies

7 thoughts on “PHP 5.5 on Raspbian Raspberry Pi

  1. john lee

    Is this still ok as a way to upgrade to jessie? Any problems?

    Where is the info about the features/issues etc of jessie. Don’t see it mentioned much.

    ETA for release – are we talking week? Months?


    1. Stanislav Khromov Post author

      Hey John,

      It is a perfectly fine way to upgrade to Jessie. No problems in the upgrade itself.
      That being said, I have had a couple of segfaults with Apache and PHP 5.5. They may be related to Zend Opcache or APCu, which I am also running.

      I don’t think Raspbian is going to upgrade to Jessie for a while, I find very little online about it.

  2. john lee

    Thanks – I managed to do the upgrade as described & it all wwent w/o eroor, although there still seem to be wheezy libraries used. But then had problems with wifi -it works on wheezy- it was finding my router wifi but then dropping out after a few secs.

    Is there any info about bugs /fixes for jessie – can’t see any – but I can’t se any for wheezy either!


  3. Juned

    Awesome, thanks!

    Had a minor hiccup while installing over SSH. The package manager was unable to update ssh while in use so had to plug a keyboard and monitor in to update manually afterwards.

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