I would like to ask how to upgrade to PHP 5.6 on my CentOS machine using Yum + REMI repo.

For example, I already use the REMI repo for everything.

Now, after I change this line in /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo:




I can now see the PHP 5.6.2 package on the repo. If I simpy update as such yum update php, will that update the entire PHP package (ie php_mysql, pdo, etc) ?

And what about mod_php in httpd? (Apache)?

Or are there other steps I need to take?

  • Have you at least tried it to see what it would do? Oct 22 '14 at 17:20
  • @MichaelHampton :) no, this is a production server, and is currently live! Oct 22 '14 at 17:22
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    You don't have to say "yes" at the prompt! Oct 22 '14 at 17:22
  • Don't you have a development server to test it on?
    – ceejayoz
    Oct 22 '14 at 17:23
  • Ahh, I see what you mean: It fails after Dependency Resolution, and it shows below ' You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem You could try running: rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest' Oct 22 '14 at 17:24

You made need to install php56 explicitly, e.g.:

yum install php56 php56-php-cli  php56-php-common php56-php-pear php56-php-pecl-jsonc php56-php-pecl-zip php56-php-process php56-php-xml php56-runtime

and then remove the old php, e.g.

yum remove php55 php55-php-cli  php55-php-common php55-php-pear php55-php-pecl-jsonc php55-php-pecl-zip php55-php-process php55-php-xml php55-runtime

You can run yum list installed |grep php to see which PHP packages are already installed.

  • I also add some additinal packages as yum install php56-php-fpm php56-php-pdo as well
    – Yu Jiaao
    Sep 26 '16 at 3:29


so to upgrade, do the following:

make sure that in the file /etc/yum.repos.d/remi.repo, that you enable the remi-php56 repo


And you can then do 'yum update php`.

If you get problems such as inconsistency between Modules API and PHP API, the installation still works. But you may end up having to update PECL + PERL.

What I did was uninstall all PHP packages which you can find by looking up rpm -qa | grep php and then uninstalling yum remove php php-cli php-common php-mysql php-pear php-pecl php-pdo php-xml

and of course reinstalling yum install php php-cli php-common php-mysql php-pear php-pecl php-pdo php-xml which will give you the new version.

And, don't forget to restart httpd service httpd restart

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