I want to install PHP 7.3 on Ubuntu 20.04 for my Nginx web server, when I try to install the 7.4 version everything is fine but for 7.3 I get the following error:

E: Unable to locate package php7.3

Then, I run the commands below :

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y php7.3

But, again, it shows that it can't locate the package. Does Ubuntu 20.04 supports PHP 7.3 or below and if it does, what can be wrong with my installation?


Perhaps the support wasn't available when you asked the question but all you need to do is as described in your Q.

Add ondrej PPA repository to your system.

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt update

Install php7.3 and check it's installed.

sudo apt install -y php7.3
php -v

This also works for php 7.4, php7.2 and php5.6. Just change the relevant digits.

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    it is work for me. Thanks – Senthur May 16 at 5:35
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    Nice repo, thanks for the link. Just installed PHP 7.0 on Ubuntu 20.04. – Neurotransmitter Aug 27 at 15:25

I got my problem solved for php7.2 but not sure about php7.3. we can still install php7.2 by terminal "apt install php7.2".

But we have to install php7.4 too otherwise it will remove main php package. It may need some research, but shortly okay I will go with my instructions(for php7.2):

(sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php) wont be necessary, it can be removed

1) install by php7.2 "apt install php7.2"

2) goto to this link and download .deb file https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/amd64/libapache2-mod-php7.2/download (dont install it yet, we have to place it manually in system)

3) extract the libapache2, there will be "data" archieve in it. It has two folder etc and usr. Copy those folder to matching directory of the root.

4) now to choose php7.2 rather than php7.4,because php7.4 is default( enter these commands )

  • sudo a2disconf php7.4-cgi

  • sudo a2dismod php7.4

  • sudo a2enconf php7.2-cgi

  • sudo a2enmod php7.2

  • sudo systemctl restart apache2

5) although php -v shows version 7.4(because latest), it still uses php7.2

6) to switch from php7.4 to php7.2 older version:

sudo update-alternatives --set php /usr/bin/php7.2

7) now php -v shows version 7.2 as default

It should now work as php7.2

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    you can't install any php lower than 7.4 on Ubuntu 20.04 via "apt install php7.2" you get an error: E: Unable to locate package php7.2 – Tech Nomad Apr 28 at 18:13

Today I just realize that with lates ubuntu PPA update older PHP version is available now. So to install php7.3 or 7.2 just sudo apt update and you are ready to go!

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    This does not work for me. apt update; apt install php7.3 produces "E: Unable to locate package php7.3". – Free Radical May 4 at 11:58

There seems to be something slightly off about the repository. I changed the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ondrej-ubuntu-php-focal.list file for it and changed focal to eoan (19.10 Ubuntu version) and I can see all of the packages again.

I've installed using this but not tested any further.

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