Install MariaDB with PHP 7 support in Ubuntu 16.04 server

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This tutorial will explain how to install MariaDB with PHP 7 support in Ubuntu 16.04 server

Install MariaDB server in ubuntu 16.04

From the command line run the following command

sudo apt-get -y install mariadb-server mariadb-client

set a root password for MariaDB using the following command

mysql_secure_installation

This will prompt the following questions

Enter current password for root (enter for none): <-- press enter Set root password? [Y/n] <-- y New password: <-- Enter the new MariaDB root password here Re-enter new password: <-- Repeat the password Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] <-- y Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] <-- y Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] <-- y Test the login to MariaDB with the "mysql command"

mysql -u root -p

Install php7 in ubuntu 16.04 server

Run the following commands in ubuntu 16.04 server command prompt this will install mariaDB supported module for php7

sudo apt-get -y install php7.0 php7.0-mysql

If you want some other modules for php7 you can use the following command to search

sudo apt-cache search php7.0

Now you need to restart apache2 server using the following command

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Test PHP installation

We need to create test.php file under /var/www/html

sudo vi /var/www/html/test.php

add the following code and save the file

<?php
phpinfo();
? >

Change the owner of the file test.php to the www-data user and group

sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www/html/test.php

Now go to http://serverip/test.php and you should see similar to the following screen here you can see php7 is enabled for Mysql.

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