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I'm installing a LAMP stack on an Ubuntu instance in Google Compute Engine. I'm following the instructions at https://cloud.google.com/community/tutorials/setting-up-lamp where I'm instructed to enter sudo apt-get install apache2 php libapache2-mod-php

When I press Enter, I get this message: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package php E: Unable to locate package libapache2-mod-php

Apparently Apache was installed because I can browse the page, but php and libapache2-mod-php are not found. Have the names been changed for these packages?

  • Chances are you need php5 or php7.x packages. Since PHP 7 came out I believe Ubuntu has started differentiating between the various versions. – ceejayoz Jul 20 '17 at 17:14
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The ubuntu package is called php7.0

apt-get install php7.0

You may also want to use

apt-get install libapache2-mod-php7.0

In the future, you can check https://packages.ubuntu.com or run

apt-cache search php
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Packages names can diverge with ubuntu version. You can locate php packages names with a search command:

apt-cache search php

Be sure have an updated packages list before :

apt-get update

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