Any emacs veterans able to assist?

I can not find the files that the various websites that claim to show you how to obtain or make the settings for emacs24 to highlight PHP.

I read contradicting information that some members of the team who developed the highlighting for php are refusing to sign the paperwork (I am assuming making it copy-left)

Some alternatives look like they exist, I did find some files but I can not edit them as they are read only.

PHP mode for emacs sends me to a sourceforge site and the development is for windows...

I found this http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/php-mode-improved.el and would like to try it, so I found the /etc/emacs24 folder and made a file where other .el files existed and wasn't able to paste in the data from that link's download, the emacs24 moans about the file being read only and when I try to quit I am stuck in a save dialog.

Where do I stick it? Then what do I need to do next as it is not entirely clear.

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I ran

apt-cache search php |grep -i emacs

which shows

php-elisp - Emacs support for php files

and after

sudo apt-get install php-elisp

emacs shows a php file quite colorful.

  • I do not know why this does not work for me (emacs 26, Ubuntu 16) Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 7:19
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    @BillalBEGUERADJ: (use-package php-mode :ensure t) works for me on Emacs 26.1 on Ubuntu 18.04
    – jfs
    Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 13:37
  • I followed this method, and it worked for me, even if the listed package was elpa-php-mode. Installing phps-mode, the package listed from Emacs, didn't automatically highlighted PHP code, while elpa-php-mode worked out-of-the-box. I am using Linux Lite 5.4 as distribution; that could explain the different deb package I found with apt-cache search php | grep -i emacs.
    – avpaderno
    Commented Apr 19, 2021 at 7:39

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