PHP 5.3 to 7.1 for OS X / macOS 10.6 to 10.12 as binary package


This package installs the (usually) latest PHP 7.1/7.0/5.6/5.5/5.4/5.3 on OS X 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (aka Lion) and OS X 10.8 (aka Mountain Lion) and OS X 10.9 (aka Mavericks) and OS X 10.10 (aka Yosemite) and OS X 10.11 (aka El Capitan) and macOS 10.12 (aka Sierra) in /usr/local/php5. It installs many useful extensions (see below) and ini-settings and is what we at Liip use for our development. It’s especially suited for Symfony 2 development. It also provides a decent php.ini with all settings configured according to “Best Practices”.

It doesn’t install Apache, MySQL or any other external programs. It uses the Apache installation, which comes with OS X and for installing MySQL you can for example useHomebrew. The package is based on entropy’s php package .

One Line Installation

All you need to do to install the whole thing is opening up a Shell and execute the following line:

PHP 7.1 (Current stable) – 10.10 and later

curl -s | bash -s 7.1

PHP 7.0 (Old stable) – 10.10 and later

curl -s | bash -s 7.0

PHP 5.6 (Old stable) – 10.8 and later

curl -s | bash -s 5.6

PHP 5.5 (End of life) – All OS X versions

curl -s | bash -s 5.5

PHP 5.4 (End of life) – All OS X versions

curl -s | bash -s 5.4

PHP 5.3 (End of life) – All OS X versions

curl -s | bash -s 5.3

It will ask you for your password. We install the packager in /usr/local/packer and PHP into /usr/local/php5 and for this, we need your password. We don’t do anything bad with it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does php -v on the command line still show my old version?

php-osx doesn’t overwrite the php binaries installed by Apple, but installs everything in /usr/local/php5. The new php binary is therefore in /usr/local/php5/bin/php.

You can also adjust your PATH do include that directory, eg. write into your ~/.profile file the following

export PATH=/usr/local/php5/bin:$PATH

Why is Europe/Zurich the default timezone? Where to change that?

Because we are based in Zurich (and Fribourg and Lausanne). Change the file in /usr/local/php5/php.d/99-liip-developer.ini to adjust that.

It doesn’t take my php.ini values

We introduced our own ini file to be able to easily overwrite the standard values with our recommended values. You can find it in /usr/local/php5/php.d/99-liip-developer.ini

As this is read last, it will overwrite values defined in other files. You can also just delete the file.

Why is the MySQL Socket configured to use /tmp/mysql.sock and how to change that?

If you download the native binary from, that server uses /tmp/mysql.sock as its socket location (see this). Therefore we choose that value as default.

You can change that value in /usr/local/php5/php.d/99-liip-developer.ini

How to install pecl extensions?

sudo /usr/local/php5/bin/pecl install pecl_http

Where is the memcached daemon?

We started not including the memcached daemon anymore. But you can install it by hand with

 sudo /usr/local/packager/ install tools-memcached

How can I help?

This project is hosted on github here The website itself and is hosted on It’s all Open Source, so feel free to fork it and send Pull Requests, if you want to change/fix something.

I have more questions. Where to put them?

You have basically three options:

Additional important notes

32 bit only systems (no workie)

It only works on a 64-bit-capable system. This means not on very old hardware with Intel Core Duo and Intel Core Solo processors (see for the overview). If anyone wants to make it work on those systems too, please tell us how (We tried, but didn’t came up with anything running in a decent amount of time)


The php.ini is located in /usr/local/php5/lib/php.ini, additional config files are located in /usr/local/php5/php.d/. The php.ini is based on php.ini-development

Liip php.ini

The Liip php.ini for development is located in /usr/local/php5/php.d/99-liip-developer.ini.

Re-installs into new directory

All installed files go in a new directory with every update, you have to manually maintain/merge your changes from the old directory! (like pear installs)

apc, twig and xslcache

apc, twig and xslcache need to be enabled manually in /usr/local/php5/php.d/50-extension-$name.ini.


xdebug settings needs to be configured (idekey etc) manually in /usr/local/php5/php.d/50-extension-xdebug.ini.

apache error with ulimit

If you are seeing “/usr/sbin/apachectl: line 82: ulimit: open files: cannot modify limit: Invalid argument” when loading apache, here is a fix

More history and all that

See this blog post for even more background info.

(Alternative) Installation by “hand”

If you don’t trust us, here’s the code of, which you can run by yourself (instead of the one-liner above):

curl -s -o /tmp/packager.tgz
sudo tar -C /usr/local  -xzf /tmp/packager.tgz
sudo /usr/local/packager/ install 5.4-frontenddev

If you already have installed the packager and just want to update the PHP package, you can do it with the following line.

sudo /usr/local/packager/ install tools-frontenddev

Included extensions

bcmath bz2 calendar Core ctype curl date dom dtrace ereg exif fileinfo filter ftp gd gettext hash iconv imap intl json ldap libxml mbstring mcrypt memcache memcached mhash mongodb odbc mysql mysqli mysqlnd OAuth odbc openssl pcntl pcre PDO pdo_dblib pdo_mysql pdo_pgsql pdo_sqlite pgsql Phar posix Reflection session shmop SimpleXML soap sockets solr SPL SQLite sqlite3 standard sysvmsg sysvsem sysvshm tidy tokenizer wddx xdebug xhprof xml xmlreader xmlrpc xmlwriter xsl zip zlib Xdebug

available but disabled by default: apc, xslcache, twig, uploadprogress

See this output of phpinfo() for more info.


Change in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

LoadModule php5_module /usr/local/php5/


LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache2/

also delete the file +php-osx.conf and +entropy-php.conf in /etc/apache2/other

and optionally remove /usr/local/php5-*


To reinstall an already installed package, it’s version has to be removed from the file /usr/local/packager/registry.log.

sudo $EDITOR /usr/local/packager/registry.log

To forget all installed packages simply remove the file:

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/packager/registry.log

Source Code

  • build-entropy-php. Needed for generating the PHP binaries and all the needed libraries
  • packager by This downloads and install the package on your computer.
  • php-osx. The scripts needed for doing the package and this webpage


Thanks to, which made all the groundwork for this. And thanks to Liip (and especially Patrick) for everything else. Liip


We can’t provide support for this, but Pull Requests are always welcome. And use the github issues page for filing bug reports.

Latest releases

PHP 7.1.4 for OS X 10.10-10.12 uploaded at 2017-05-06

PHP 7.0.18 for OS X 10.10-10.12 uploaded at 2017-05-06

PHP 5.6.30 for OS X 10.10-10.12 uploaded at 2017-05-06
PHP 5.6.30 for OS X 10.8 /10.9  uploaded at 2017-02-13

PHP 5.5.38 for OS X 10.10-10.12 uploaded at 2016-08-31
PHP 5.5.38 for OS X 10.8 /10.9  uploaded at 2016-08-31
PHP 5.5.38 for OS X 10.6 /10.7  uploaded at 2016-08-31

PHP 5.4.45 for OS X 10.10-10.12 uploaded at 2016-03-10
PHP 5.4.45 for OS X 10.8 /10.9  uploaded at 2016-03-10
PHP 5.4.45 for OS X 10.6 /10.7  uploaded at 2015-12-26

PHP 5.3.29 for OS X 10.10-10.12 uploaded at 2014-10-19
PHP 5.3.29 for OS X 10.8 /10.9  uploaded at 2014-08-18
PHP 5.3.29 for OS X 10.6 /10.7  uploaded at 2014-08-14

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