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Installing SQLsrv extension for PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

March 18, 2020 Written By Marco Monteiro

One of our windows servers got updated to a more recent version of windows and SQLServer. Until then I was using the msSQL extension and was still on PHP 5.6 on our intranet at work.

Since this update I decided to upgrade our servers too and move to PHP 7.2 and obviously to the SQLsrv extension.

Let’s assume that you already have PHP install and apache, so after that you should just do the following to get your microsoft packages.

On your server type the following commands:

curl -s https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | sudo apt-key add -
sudo bash -c "curl -s https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/18.04/prod.list > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-release.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt-get -y install msodbcsql17 mssql-tools
sudo apt-get -y install unixodbc-dev

After this, you most likelly don’t have the the pecl7.X-sp command working. To solve this I did the following:

sudo apt-get -y install gcc g++ make autoconf libc-dev pkg-config
sudo apt-get install php-pear php-dev
sudo pecl install sqlsrv
sudo pecl install pdo_sqlsrv

After this all you need to do is create the necessary .ini file so that PHP can do its magic.

sudo bash -c "echo extension=sqlsrv.so > /etc/php/7.2/mods-available/sqlsrv.ini"
sudo ln -s /etc/php/7.2/mods-available/sqlsrv.ini /etc/php/7.2/apache2/conf.d/sqlsrv.ini
sudo ln -s /etc/php/7.2/mods-available/sqlsrv.ini /etc/php/7.2/cli/conf.d/sqlsrv.ini
sudo bash -c "echo extension=pdo_sqlsrv.so > /etc/php/7.2/mods-available/pdo_sqlsrv.ini"
sudo ln -s /etc/php/7.2/mods-available/pdo_sqlsrv.ini /etc/php/7.2/apache2/conf.d/pdo_sqlsrv.ini
sudo ln -s /etc/php/7.2/mods-available/pdo_sqlsrv.ini /etc/php/7.2/cli/conf.d/pdo_sqlsrv.ini

After this all you need to do is restart your apache:

sudo service apache2 restart

That’s it!


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