Manually Installing the MongoDB PHP Driver

For driver developers and people interested in the latest bugfixes, you can compile the driver from the latest source code on » Github. Run the following commands to clone and build the project:

$ git clone
$ cd mongo-php-driver
$ git submodule sync && git submodule update --init
$ phpize
$ ./configure
$ make all -j 5
$ sudo make install

Note: By default, the driver will use bundled versions of » libbson and » libmongoc and rely on PHP to find OpenSSL (i.e. PHP_SETUP_OPENSSL). If the build process fails to find OpenSSL, check that the OpenSSL development package (e.g. libssl-dev) and » pkg-config are both installed.

The last step will report where has been installed, similar to:

Installing shared extensions:     /usr/lib/php/extensions/debug-non-zts-20151012/

Ensure that the extension_dir option in php.ini points to the directory where was installed. You can query the option by running:

$ php -i | grep extension_dir
  extension_dir => /usr/lib/php/extensions/debug-non-zts-20151012 =>

If the directories differ, either change extension_dir in php.ini or manually move to the correct directory.

Add the following line to your php.ini file:

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User Contributed Notes 1 note

fgm at osinet dot fr
1 year ago
a) If your git version is not recent enough, as can happen e.g. on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, git submodule --init won't exist
In that case use:

    git submodule init
    git submodule update

b) make install does not create a mongodb.conf configuration file to support the debian/ubuntu PHP versions phpenmod/phpdismod commands. To have them work:

- do not add the line to php.ini
- add it to a mongodb.ini file in the PHP mods-available directory
- the commands will then work for this extension

c) if you have multiple versions of PHP on a system such as b), the phpenmod/phpdismod commands may fail if the extension is not built for the default PHP CLI version. To have it be enabled for a specific version, use the -v argument, like

    phpenmod -v php7.1 mongodb
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