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How to install phpng aka php7 on FreeBSD 10

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Update : I already try official PHP 7 and wrote it here (using git) and there (using tar.gz file)

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I just curious about php next generation aka phpng aka php7 . After a few times fail with hhvm ( FreeBSD hhvm and DragonFlyBSD hhvm) I think I need to test something different for my lab experiment 🙂

The choice came to phpng and with the help from Vultr I can cure my curiosity in fast deployment. Well,

I use this configuration :

VPS location : Germany (Frankfurt), Europe.


FreeBSD version : FreeBSD 10 64 bit


Specs : 1 cpu, 768 MB memory, 15 GB storage and 1000 GB transfer.


Great, Hit ‘Place Order’ button and I can test it.

Steps :

Most of step taken from wiki of phpng.

1. Log in to server using ssh


In case of password, you can refer to server info tab and look for ‘initial password’.

For ip address, click ipv4 section for public ip.

$ ssh [email protected]
The authenticity of host ‘ (’ can’t be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is 1c:0d:54:ae:88:77:2d:52:1f:58:e8:4e:e0:fa:89:6f.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ‘’ (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
Password for [email protected]:
Last login: Wed Dec 31 15:22:20 2014 from
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE (GENERIC) #0 r274401: Tue Nov 11 21:02:49 UTC 2014

Welcome to FreeBSD!

Release Notes, Errata:
Security Advisories:
FreeBSD Handbook:
Questions List:
FreeBSD Forums:

Documents installed with the system are in the /usr/local/share/doc/freebsd/
directory, or can be installed later with: pkg install en-freebsd-doc
For other languages, replace “en” with a language code like de or fr.

Show the version of FreeBSD installed: freebsd-version ; uname -a
Please include that output and any error messages when posting questions.
Introduction to manual pages: man man
FreeBSD directory layout: man hier

Edit /etc/motd to change this login announcement.

2. Update FreeBSD security

# freebsd-update fetch
Looking up mirrors… 5 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 10.1-RELEASE from… done.
Fetching metadata index… done.
Inspecting system… done.
Preparing to download files… done.

No updates needed to update system to 10.1-RELEASE-p4.

Well, Vultr already do this job 🙂

3. Update pkg

# pkg update
The package management tool is not yet installed on your system.
Do you want to fetch and install it now? [y/N]: y
Bootstrapping pkg from pkg+, please wait…
Verifying signature with trusted certificate… done
Installing pkg-1.4.6…
Extracting pkg-1.4.6: 100%
Message for pkg-1.4.6:
If you are upgrading from the old package format, first run:

# pkg2ng
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue…
Fetching meta.txz: 100% 940 B 0.9k/s 00:01
Fetching packagesite.txz: 100% 5 MB 5.3M/s 00:01
Processing entries: 100%
FreeBSD repository update completed. 23877 packages processed

4. Install supported packages

# pkg install -y git autoconf bison libxml2 libxslt jpeg png

5. Clone phpng from git

# mkdir ~/tmp
# cd ~/tmp

# git clone
Cloning into ‘php-src’…
remote: Counting objects: 604751, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (124785/124785), done.
remote: Total 604751 (delta 483783), reused 599215 (delta 478650)
Receiving objects: 100% (604751/604751), 148.38 MiB | 6.68 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (483783/483783), done.
Checking connectivity… done.

# cd php-src
# git branch phpng origin/phpng
Branch phpng set up to track remote branch phpng from origin.
# git checkout phpng
Switched to branch ‘phpng’
Your branch is up-to-date with ‘origin/phpng’.

6. Build and compile phpng

# ./buildconf
buildconf: checking installation…
buildconf: autoconf version 2.69 (ok)
rebuilding aclocal.m4
rebuilding configure
rebuilding main/

# ./configure \ --prefix=$HOME/tmp/usr \ --with-config-file-path=$HOME/tmp/usr/etc \ --enable-mbstring \ --enable-zip \ --enable-bcmath \ --enable-pcntl \ --enable-ftp \ --enable-exif \ --enable-calendar \ --enable-sysvmsg \ --enable-sysvsem \ --enable-sysvshm \ --enable-wddx \ --with-curl \ --with-mcrypt \ --with-iconv \ --with-gmp \ --with-pspell \ --with-gd \ --with-jpeg-dir=/usr \ --with-png-dir=/usr \ --with-zlib-dir=/usr \ --with-xpm-dir=/usr \ --with-freetype-dir=/usr \ --with-t1lib=/usr \ --enable-gd-native-ttf \ --enable-gd-jis-conv \ --with-openssl \ --with-mysql \ --with-pdo-mysql=/usr \ --with-gettext=/usr \ --with-zlib=/usr \ --with-bz2=/usr \ --with-recode=/usr \ --with-mysqli=/usr/local/bin/mysql_config

a few error :

configure: error: xpm.h not found.

solution :

# pkg install -y libxpm

try re configure

configure: error: freetype-config not found.

solution :

# pkg install -y freetype2

configure: error: Your t1lib distribution is not installed correctly. Please reinstall it.

solution :

# pkg install -y t1lib

configure: error: Unable to locate gmp.h

solution :

# pkg install -y gmp

configure: error: mcrypt.h not found. Please reinstall libmcrypt.

# pkg install -y libmcrypt

configure: error: Cannot find MySQL header files under /usr.
Note that the MySQL client library is not bundled anymore!

solution :

# pkg install -y mysql56-client

configure: error: Cannot find pspell

Solution :

# pkg install -y aspell

configure: error: Can not find recode.h anywhere under /usr /usr/local /usr /opt.

solution :

# pkg install -y recode

After try a few re configure :



| License: |
| This software is subject to the PHP License, available in this |
| distribution in the file LICENSE. By continuing this installation |
| process, you are bound by the terms of this license agreement. |
| If you do not agree with the terms of this license, you must abort |
| the installation process at this point. |

Thank you for using PHP.

config.status: creating php5.spec
config.status: creating main/build-defs.h
config.status: creating scripts/phpize
config.status: creating scripts/man1/phpize.1
config.status: creating scripts/php-config
config.status: creating scripts/man1/php-config.1
config.status: creating sapi/cli/php.1
config.status: creating sapi/cgi/php-cgi.1
config.status: creating ext/phar/phar.1
config.status: creating ext/phar/phar.phar.1
config.status: creating main/php_config.h
config.status: executing default commands

7. Make phpng

# make

I got this error :

ext/iconv/.libs/iconv.o: In function `zm_info_miconv’:
/root/tmp/php-src/ext/iconv/iconv.c:347: undefined reference to `gnu_get_libc_version’
cc: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)
*** Error code 1

Re configure with –without-iconv .

This time it work :



Generating phar.php
Generating phar.phar
PEAR package PHP_Archive not installed: generated phar will require PHP’s phar extension be enabled.

Build complete.
Don’t forget to run ‘make test’.

eager for ‘make test’ .

8. Make install phpng

# make install
Installing shared extensions: /root/tmp/usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20140815/
Installing PHP CLI binary: /root/tmp/usr/bin/
Installing PHP CLI man page: /root/tmp/usr/php/man/man1/
Installing PHP CGI binary: /root/tmp/usr/bin/
Installing PHP CGI man page: /root/tmp/usr/php/man/man1/
Installing build environment: /root/tmp/usr/lib/php/build/
Installing header files: /root/tmp/usr/include/php/
Installing helper programs: /root/tmp/usr/bin/
program: phpize
program: php-config
Installing man pages: /root/tmp/usr/php/man/man1/
page: phpize.1
page: php-config.1
Installing PEAR environment: /root/tmp/usr/lib/php/
pear//install-pear-nozlib.phar 100% of 3598 kB 6161 kBps 00m01s
[PEAR] Archive_Tar – installed: 1.3.12
[PEAR] Console_Getopt – installed: 1.3.1
[PEAR] Structures_Graph- installed: 1.0.4
[PEAR] XML_Util – installed: 1.2.3
[PEAR] PEAR – installed: 1.9.5
Wrote PEAR system config file at: /root/tmp/usr/etc/pear.conf
You may want to add: /root/tmp/usr/lib/php to your php.ini include_path
/root/tmp/php-src/build/shtool install -c ext/phar/phar.phar /root/tmp/usr/bin
ln -s -f /root/tmp/usr/bin/phar.phar /root/tmp/usr/bin/phar
Installing PDO headers: /root/tmp/usr/include/php/ext/pdo/

Testing php version

# /root/tmp/usr/bin/php -v
PHP 7.0.0-dev (cli) (built: Jan 23 2015 04:48:25)
Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.8.0-dev, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies

Great. I can install it on FreeBSD  🙂