Debian 9 with old PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.6, 5.7 or 8.0 and Apache2

Debian 9 with old PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.6, 5.7 or 8.0 and Apache2

Run below commands to upgrade the current packages to the latest version

#apt update
#apt upgrade

Install the Apache2 package

#apt install apache2

Execute the following commands to install the required packages first on your system. Then import packages signing key. After that configure PPA for the PHP packages on your system.

#apt install ca-certificates apt-transport-https
#wget -q -O- | apt-key add -
#echo "deb stretch main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/php.list

Installing PHP 5.6

Execute the following commands for installing PHP 5.6 on your Debian 9 Stretch system.

#apt update
#apt install php5.6

Also install required php modules.

#apt-get install php5.6-cli php5.6-common php5.6-curl php5.6-mbstring php5.6-mysql php5.6-xml php5.6-gd

Install MYSQL Version 5.6, 5.7 or 8.0, better 5.7 or 8.0

#apt -y install wget
#dpkg -i mysql-apt-config_0.8.13-1_all.deb

During the installation the system will prompt to select MySQL version. Choose which MySQL version, 5.6, 5.7 or 8.0 available to choose then OK

#apt update
#apt -y install mysql-server

Finish up by running the MySQL secure_installation


Test php working or not

Create new php file at /var/www/html

#vim info.php


<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Open browser http://localhost/info.php

Enable and load mod_rewrite Apache2 on Debian 8

#a2enmod rewrite

Then open and edit /etc/apache2/apache2.conf find

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Replace “AllowOverride None” to “AllowOverride all”

Enable Apache2 mod_headers & mod_expires on

To increase PageSpeed: Leverage browser caching.

enable mod_headers:

#a2enmod headers

enable mod_expires:

#a2enmod expires

Then restart Apache server to make these changes effective

#service apache2 restart


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