Is it possible to install PHP5 without installing apache, in Ubuntu?

If so, how?

up vote 57 down vote accepted
$ sudo apt-get install php5-cli  

Should do it.

  • Care to explain? I understand why installing php5-fpm before php5 does the trick. But what php5-cli has to do with it? – x-yuri Jun 12 '17 at 20:48
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    php5-cli does not have apache as a dependency. – EEAA Jun 12 '17 at 20:50

Install php5 after php5-fpm if you plan to use nginx for example, because php5 needs one of either libapache2-mod-php5, libapache2-mod-php5filter, php5-cgi, or php5-fpm. Apt just picks the first package that satisfies the dependency.

$ sudo apt-get install php5-fpm php5
  • That does the trick! – Tilman Nov 12 '15 at 23:44
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    This really is the much better answer. – Rob Apr 9 '17 at 19:35

Yes, it is possible to install PHP5 without installing apache, in Ubuntu.

According to this answer: https://serverfault.com/a/243301/232590

sudo apt-get install php5-cli 

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