Update: Plesk 12 supports multiple PHP versions out of the box!

This post will cover the install of multiple PHP versions on Plesk 11.5.

This is tested on a TransIP CentOS 6.4 x64 VPS with stock repos + EPEL & REMI. This is written for CentOS but with a bit of imagination this can also work on any other linux OS supported by Plesk.


  • Host running Plesk 11.5
  • ~100-500 mb disk space (depending on how many PHP versions you want to add)
  • Linux command line experience
  • Coffee =]


First off make sure your system in up-to-date with the latest packages and has wget installed:

yum -y update && yum -y install wget

Install EPEL repository (dependency of libmcrypt)

rpm -ivh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

Install PHP build-dependencies:

yum -y install gcc make gcc-c++ cpp kernel-headers.x86_64 libxml2-devel openssl-devel bzip2-devel libjpeg-devel libpng-devel freetype-devel openldap-devel postgresql-devel aspell-devel net-snmp-devel libxslt-devel libc-client-devel libicu-devel gmp-devel curl-devel libmcrypt-devel unixODBC-devel pcre-devel sqlite-devel db4-devel enchant-devel libXpm-devel mysql-devel readline-devel libedit-devel recode-devel libtidy-devel

Get the current timezone for later:

timezone=$(grep -oP '(?<=")w+/w+' /etc/sysconfig/clock)

Install PHP

This applies for basicly any PHP 5.3+ (so also 5.4 & 5.5) but for this example we use PHP 5.3.27.

Download PHP 5.3.27 source:

wget http://nl1.php.net/get/php-5.3.27.tar.gz/from/this/mirror -O /usr/local/src/php-5.3.27.tar.gz

Unpack, configure, build and install PHP:

# Unpacking
tar xzvf /usr/local/src/php-5.3.27.tar.gz -C /usr/local/src/

# Move to unpacked folder
cd /usr/local/src/php-5.3.27/

# Configure PHP build script
./configure --with-libdir=lib64 --cache-file=./config.cache --prefix=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --with-config-file-path=/usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc --disable-debug --with-pic --disable-rpath  --with-bz2 --with-curl --with-freetype-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --with-png-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --enable-gd-native-ttf --without-gdbm --with-gettext --with-gmp --with-iconv --with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --with-openssl --with-pspell --with-pcre-regex --with-zlib --enable-exif --enable-ftp --enable-sockets --enable-sysvsem --enable-sysvshm --enable-sysvmsg --enable-wddx --with-kerberos --with-unixODBC=/usr --enable-shmop --enable-calendar --with-libxml-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --enable-pcntl --with-imap --with-imap-ssl --enable-mbstring --enable-mbregex --with-gd --enable-bcmath --with-xmlrpc --with-ldap --with-ldap-sasl --with-mysql=/usr --with-mysqli --with-snmp --enable-soap --with-xsl --enable-xmlreader --enable-xmlwriter --enable-pdo --with-pdo-mysql --with-pear=/usr/local/php-5.3.27/pear --with-mcrypt --without-pdo-sqlite --with-config-file-scan-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27/php.d --without-sqlite3 --enable-intl

# Build

# Install
make install

# Create a default php.ini
cp -a /etc/php.ini /usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc/php.ini
# Set the timezone we grabbed earlier
sed -i "s#;date.timezone =#date.timezone = $timezone#" /usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc/php.ini[/cce_bash]
<h3>Register PHP installation with Plesk</h3>
[cce_bash]/usr/local/psa/bin/php_handler --add -displayname "5.3.27" -path /usr/local/php-5.3.27/bin/php-cgi -phpini /usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc/php.ini -type fastcgi -id "fastcgi-5.3.27"

And with that you should have a working PHP 5.3.27 visible in your Plesk control panel.


You can repeat this process for other versions you might want to install by changing 5.3.27 to your disired version (for example 5.4.18 or 5.5.2).