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

If so, how?

3 Answers 3

$ 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, 2017 at 20:48
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    php5-cli does not have apache as a dependency.
    – EEAA
    Jun 12, 2017 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, 2015 at 23:44
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    This really is the much better answer.
    – Rob
    Apr 9, 2017 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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