PHP 7.0.0 Beta 2 is out now. Install it on Ubuntu Linux

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PHP 7 is the most awaited upcoming version of this well known scripting language. PHP team is working actively to release this new version by the end of this year. Today,  the development team announced the release of beta 2 version for PHP 7. Yes, PHP 7 beta 2 is out now. Let’s review the prominent features in new PHP version and how to install it on Linux operating system.

Prominent Features in PHP 7

Here are some of the noteworthy features in upcoming PHP release.

  • PHP7 is based on PHPNG, which is supposed to add huge performance enhancements to this application.
  • The upcoming version will be almost 2X faster than the previous ones. It will cause more and more PHP based sites and scripts generation.
  • It will let developers declare what kind of return type a function can be expected to have, thus developers will have more control.
  • It will be introducing a new operator <=> for combined comparisons.
  • Return types now supports the newly introduced scalar types.

Installing PHP 7.0.0 Beta 2 on Ubuntu Linux

Download PHP 7.0.0 Beta 2

First of all download PHP 7.0.0 Beta 2 from above mentioned URL.

Once the download is complete, run following command to extract the downloaded file.

tar xvf php-7.0.0beta2.tar.gz

Now go into the extracted directory.

cd php-7.0.0beta2

Lets start the installation process by running the “configure” command. Please note that its just a simple PHP installation, if you need any specific modules compiled, you can specify them here with configure.


Here is how successful configure output should look like.


Now run following command:



Now run following command to complete the installation process.

make install

Congratulations, PHP 7 beta 2 has been installed on our ubuntu system. Run following command to verify PHP version and installation details.

/usr/local/bin/php –v

Sample output:

aun@linuxpitstop:~/ $ /usr/local/bin/php -v

PHP 7.0.0beta2 (cli) (built: Jul 24 2015 10:23:44)

Copyright (c) 1997-2015 The PHP Group

Zend Engine v3.0.0-dev, Copyright (c) 1998-2015 Zend Technologies

php version


PHP 7 is going to be a major release and it should re-shape the way PHP applications are being developed. The new features specially performance and speed improvements will make this language a better choice as compared to other available alternatives.