How to compile PHP-7.2 on CentOS


On November 30, 2017 the PHP development team released the PHP 7.2 version, this release added news features, here some of them:

  • New object type: Previously the object statement was used to convert one data type to another one e.g. an array to an sdtClass object and/or vice versa, PHP 7.2 introduces the object data type which can be used to specify the type of parameter and/or for the type of a function return.
  • Extension loading by name: Now it is not necessary to specify the file extension (.so for Unix, .dll for Windows) when loading an extension allowing greater portability in the php configuration file (php.ini).
  • Abstract method overriding: Now an abstract class that inherits from another abstract class can change/overwrite an abstract method of its parent class.
  • Sodium is now a core extension: Sodium is a modern and easy to use encyption library that allows encryption/decryption, signatures, password hashing and more… now the extension is part of the PHP core.
  • Parameter type widening : Now a child class can omit the parameter type when overwrite or implement a method from the parent class or interface respectively.


  • Update to the latest version of PHP
  • Get benefits from the latest language features
  • Correct errors from previous versions
  • Customize the installation process


This tutorial assumes that:

  • You have some knowledge about GNU/Linux
  • You have CentOS GNU/Linux installed
  • You are familiar with the command interpreter
  • You are familiar with the compilation process


To compile/install PHP we’re going to use the butterfly builder


You can download butterfly builder from github or typing:

$ curl -# -L -O


$ unzip

If the unzip command is not found you can install it, executing:

# yum -y install unzip

Cambiar al DIR pbt-master

$ cd pbt-master

The PHP available version at the time of writing this tutorial is 7.2.32. Set the settings through the pbt.init file according to your needs.

databases="mysql sqlite"

Give execution permissions.

$ chmod a+x pbt



After the build, compilation and install process finish, you can get PHP information typing in your browser http://IP/info.php

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