When will Virtualmin UI support PHP7?

Hi team,

I see that you already supported PHP7. However, in Virtualmin interface (I use pro version), the PHP settings still use PHP5. When will you support PHP7 for the interface?

Thanks, Anh




It is not up to Virtualmin team, but upstream operating system vendors to start officially supporting PHP 7. Currently PHP7 on Virtualmin is installed out of additional repositories. And it is PHP 5.x that is officially supported by both Debian and Fedora-based systems like Ubuntu (LTS), RHEL, CentOS, etc. Virtualmin is just an interface to operating system running on your server (and it is a good one, because it is not as intrusive as other control panels), so you should take this question to your operating system's vendor.

Howdy -- Virtualmin does already support PHP 7 actually, that's been supported for a few years now.

Also, Ubuntu 16.04 comes with PHP 7 by default.

What we may need to do there is verify what packages you have installed, and what Virtualmin is seeing.

If you go into System Settings -> Re-Check Config, can you paste in the output you're seeing there?

Also, what output does this command generate:

dpkg -l 'php*'

Here it is:

The status of your system is being checked to ensure that all enabled features are available, that the mail server is properly configured, and that quotas are active ..
Your system has 27.48 GB of memory, which is at or above the Virtualmin recommended minimum of 256 MB.
Mail server Postfix is installed and configured.

Postfix can support per-domain outgoing IP addresses, but is not currently configured to do so. This can be setup in the Postfix Mailserver module.

Apache is installed.

The following PHP versions are available : 7.0.22 (/usr/bin/php5-cgi), 7.0.22 (/usr/bin/php7.0)

Webalizer is installed.

Apache is configured to host SSL websites.

MySQL is installed and running.

ProFTPD is installed.

Logrotate is installed.

SpamAssassin and Procmail are installed and configured for use.

ClamAV is installed and assumed to be running.

The System and Server Status module is installed and checking on schedule.

Plugin AWstats reporting is installed OK.

Plugin Mailman is installed OK.

Plugin Protected web directories is installed OK.

Using network interface eth0 for virtual IPs.

Default IPv4 address for virtual servers is

Default IP address is set to, but the detected external address is actually This is typically the result of being behind a NAT firewall, and should be corrected on the module configuration page.

Quotas are not enabled on the filesystem /home which contains home directories under /home and email files under /home. Quota editing has been disabled.

Warning - the name service caching daemon (NSCD) is running on your system. This may prevent Virtualmin from properly creating new Unix users and groups.

All commands needed to create and restore backups are installed.

Resource limits are supported and configured correctly.

The selected package management and update systems are installed OK.

.. your system is ready for use by Virtualmin.
root@JWeb:~# dpkg -l 'php*'
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
un  php-amqp       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-apcu       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-apcu-bc    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-ast        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-bcmath     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-calendar   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-cgi        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-cli        1:7.0+35ubun all          command-line interpreter for the
ii  php-common     1:35ubuntu6  all          Common files for PHP packages
un  php-console-ge <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-ctype      <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-curl       1:7.0+35ubun all          CURL module for PHP [default]
un  php-dom        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-exif       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-fileinfo   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-ftp        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-gd         1:7.0+35ubun all          GD module for PHP [default]
un  php-geoip      <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-gettext    1.0.11-2buil all          read gettext MO files directly, w
un  php-gmagick    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-iconv      <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-igbinary   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-imagick    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-json       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-league-oau <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-league-oau <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-mbstring   1:7.0+35ubun all          MBSTRING module for PHP [default]
ii  php-mcrypt     1:7.0+35ubun all          libmcrypt module for PHP [default
un  php-memcache   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-memcached  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-mongodb    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-msgpack    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-mysql      1:7.0+35ubun all          MySQL module for PHP [default]
un  php-mysqli     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-mysqlnd    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-opcache    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-pdo        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-pdo-mysql  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-pear       1:1.10.1+sub all          PEAR Base System
un  php-pear-front <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-pear-front <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-phar       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-posix      <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-radius     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-readline   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-redis      <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-rrd        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-shmop      <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-simplexml  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-smbclient  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-sockets    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-ssh2       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-structures <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-sysvmsg    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-sysvsem    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-sysvshm    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-tokenizer  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-uploadprog <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-uuid       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-wddx       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-xdebug     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php-xml        1:7.0+35ubun all          DOM, SimpleXML, WDDX, XML, and XS
un  php-xml-util   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-xmlreader  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-xmlwriter  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-xsl        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-zip        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php-zmq        <none>       <none>       (no description available)
rc  php5-cgi       5.5.9+dfsg-1 amd64        server-side, HTML-embedded script
rc  php5-cli       5.5.9+dfsg-1 amd64        command-line interpreter for the
un  php5-common    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
rc  php5-curl      5.5.9+dfsg-1 amd64        CURL module for php5
un  php5-dev       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php5-fpm       <none>       <none>       (no description available)
rc  php5-gd        5.5.9+dfsg-1 amd64        GD module for php5
rc  php5-json      1.3.2-2build amd64        JSON module for php5
rc  php5-mcrypt    5.4.6-0ubunt amd64        MCrypt module for php5
rc  php5-mysql     5.5.9+dfsg-1 amd64        MySQL module for php5
un  php5-mysqli    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php5-mysqlnd   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
rc  php5-readline  5.5.9+dfsg-1 amd64        Readline module for php5
un  php5.6-common  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php5.6-json    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-bcmath  7.0.22-0ubun amd64        Bcmath module for PHP
un  php7.0-calenda <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-cgi     7.0.22-0ubun amd64        server-side, HTML-embedded script
ii  php7.0-cli     7.0.22-0ubun amd64        command-line interpreter for the
ii  php7.0-common  7.0.22-0ubun amd64        documentation, examples and commo
un  php7.0-ctype   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-curl    7.0.22-0ubun amd64        CURL module for PHP
un  php7.0-dom     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-exif    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-fileinf <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-ftp     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-gd      7.0.22-0ubun amd64        GD module for PHP
un  php7.0-gettext <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-iconv   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-json    7.0.22-0ubun amd64        JSON module for PHP
ii  php7.0-mbstrin 7.0.22-0ubun amd64        MBSTRING module for PHP
ii  php7.0-mcrypt  7.0.22-0ubun amd64        libmcrypt module for PHP
ii  php7.0-mysql   7.0.22-0ubun amd64        MySQL module for PHP
un  php7.0-mysqli  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-mysqlnd <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-opcache 7.0.22-0ubun amd64        Zend OpCache module for PHP
un  php7.0-pdo     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-pdo-mys <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-phar    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-posix   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-readlin 7.0.22-0ubun amd64        readline module for PHP
un  php7.0-shmop   <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-simplex <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-sockets <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-sysvmsg <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-sysvsem <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-sysvshm <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-tokeniz <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-wddx    <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-xml     7.0.22-0ubun amd64        DOM, SimpleXML, WDDX, XML, and XS
un  php7.0-xmlread <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-xmlwrit <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  php7.0-xsl     <none>       <none>       (no description available)
ii  php7.0-zip     7.0.22-0ubun amd64        Zip module for PHP
un  phpapi-2012121 <none>       <none>       (no description available)
un  phpapi-2015101 <none>       <none>       (no description available)

Your system shows PHP 7 is there installed successfully, which Eric (andreychek) was doubting. However, according to your question

However, in Virtualmin interface (I use pro version), the PHP settings still use PHP5. When will you support PHP7 for the interface?

you seem to be wanting it to be the main or only version on the system. And that's why I tried to explain that the PHP 5 is the main officially supported version on operating system level and that Virtualmin is just a user interface layer over the operating system.

And if you want for your domains (virtual servers) to automatically choose PHP 7 instead of PHP 5 then you have to specifically set that in the System Settings > Virtual Server Templates > template > PHP options > Default PHP version > PHP 7 or Highest available.

Okay that is indeed pretty odd! On my system here, which has a PHP5 and PHP7 version, there is indeed an option to configure PHP5 and PHP7 in the Services menu, but according to your screenshot above that option isn't appearing for you.

@yngens, it doesn't appear that they even have PHP5 installed. Also note that their distro, Ubuntu 16.04, comes with PHP 7 by default, it doesn't provide PHP5.

It may be time to ask Jamie about this one :-)

Jamie, they appear to have PHP7 installed, but when looking in the "Services" menu, there's only an option there for "PHP 5 Configuration".

How does Virtualmin go about deciding when to provide an option for "PHP 7 Configuration"?

Jamie, I'm not sure if this is contributing to the issue, but I'll mention it --

According to the Re-Check Config output, there is a program Virtualmin detected in /usr/bin named "php5-cgi", but it's technically a version of PHP7 despite it's name.

Yeah that could have something to do with it.

Jamie, after upgrading from a distro with PHP5 to a distro with PHP7, is it possible that there's a config file that needs to be updated in order for Services -> PHP 7 Configuration to be displayed, rather than the PHP 5 Configuration option?

You may need to re-save the PHP mode for the domain for that to show up, as it only appears after the PHP 7 .ini files have been created.