Install PHP 5.4 as standalone

PHP 5.4 is not packaged on most Linux distributions so it may be easiest to install it from source. On Debian-based Linux systems, you can use the following commands to install PHP 5.4 in such a way that it won’t effect any other versions of PHP that you may have installed:

  sudo apt-get install gcc libmysqlclient-dev libxml2-dev
  wget --trust-server-names
  tar xjf php-5.4.24.tar.bz2
  cd php-5.4.24
  ./configure --prefix=$PWD/installdir --enable-bcmath --with-mysql
  make install
  cd -

At this point php-cgi (the binary used by the PHP SDK) can be found in



You can switch to the following folder, for the best pracice


Then add to apache config file (/etc/apache2/http.conf)

ScriptAlias /php54-cgi /opt/php-5.4.24/installdir/bin/php-cgi/
Action application/x-httpd-php54 /php54-cgi

In desired virtual machine,

  <FilesMatch "\.php">
    SetHandler application/x-httpd-php54


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