I am trying to install an older version of PHP on my system. I installed Ubuntu 12.04.3 and have tried

sudo apt-get install php

This does successfully install php 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.8, however I trying to get 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.1 installed. Can someone point me in the right direction? I have no objection to using something like synaptic, I was able to find the .deb files here at security.ubuntu.com but it seems to require a huge amount of dependencies.

Is there a way to install the version of php I want with apt-get ?

I am open to trying stuff, this is done on a VM and I have taken a snapshot so it can be restored back to its previous state.


In synaptic, search for php, highlight the package and in one of the menus on top, try "Force Version", see if the one you want appears.


No, you wont be able to do that with apt-get. The problem is not apt, but the fact that only version 5.3.10 is packaged for Ubuntu 12.04.

Also, make sure any pre-compiled software you wish to install matches your kernel version.

  • Luís is right, I've just checked and the only version in the official repos is 5.4 so the only solution involves finding a third party repository that packages older versions. – animaletdesequia Nov 18 '13 at 14:24

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