PHP 7 and Apache on macOS Sierra

PHP 7.1.2 running on macOS Sierra
I posted several talks about compiling PHP from source, but everyone was trying to convince me that a package manager like Homebrew was a more convenient way to install.
The purpose of Homebrew is simple: a package manager for macOS that will allow you to set up and install common packages easily and allows you to update frequently using simple commands.
I used a clean installation of macOS Sierra to ensure all steps could be recorded and tested. In most cases you already have done work on your Mac, so chances are you can skip a few steps in this tutorial.


I’ve made this according to the installation instructions given on GetGrav.

The installation procedures

These installation procedures will set up your macOS Sierra with PHP 7.1 and Apache 2.4.

Install Xcode command line tools (if not done yet)

xcode-select --install

Install Homebrew

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
Set up for installation of PHP and Apache
brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew tap homebrew/versions
brew tap homebrew/homebrew-php
brew tap homebrew/apache

Unload the provisioned Apache from macOS Sierra

sudo apachectl stop
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist 2>/dev/null

Install Homebrew Apache

brew install httpd24 --with-privileged-ports --with-http2

Set up Apache for autostart at macOS Sierra (re)boot

sudo cp -v /usr/local/Cellar/httpd24/2.4.25/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons
sudo chown -v root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist
sudo chmod -v 644 /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist
sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.httpd24.plist

Check to see Apache is running

ps -aef | grep httpd
You should see something similar as output
    0 23417     1   0  2:48PM ??         0:00.06 /usr/local/opt/httpd24/bin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
    1 23420 23417   0  2:48PM ??         0:00.00 /usr/local/opt/httpd24/bin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
    1 23421 23417   0  2:48PM ??         0:00.00 /usr/local/opt/httpd24/bin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
    1 23422 23417   0  2:48PM ??         0:00.00 /usr/local/opt/httpd24/bin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
    1 23423 23417   0  2:48PM ??         0:00.00 /usr/local/opt/httpd24/bin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
    1 23424 23417   0  2:48PM ??         0:00.00 /usr/local/opt/httpd24/bin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
  501 23428   403   0  2:48PM ttys000    0:00.00 grep httpd

Uninstall previous versions of PHP

We assume you had PHP 7.0 installed
brew unlink php70

Install latest PHP version (PHP 7.1.2 at the time of writing)

Time to install latest PHP with the apache web server
brew install php71 --with-httpd24
Don’t forget to set date.timezone in /usr/local/etc/php/7.1/php.ini!!!

Configure Apache for PHP usage

Also make sure to set the following line in /usr/local/etc/apache2/2.4/httpd.conf (You might need to disable others):
LoadModule php7_module    /usr/local/opt/php71/libexec/apache2/
Also make sure you have set the following lines correctly:
# DirectoryIndex: sets the file that Apache will serve if a directory
# is requested.

    DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

    SetHandler application/x-httpd-php

Time to restart apache

sudo /usr/local/bin/apachectl -k restart

Test your setup

Create a phpinfo.php in /usr/local/var/www/htdocs with the following contents:
<?php phpinfo();
You should see the famous PHP information page!

Next steps

Now you can set up your virtual hosts like you normally would do.