If your PHP application is using Oracle DBMS, you will need to install OCI8 PECL extension. Sometimes it’s quite tricky to make it work. Let’s make our hand dirty.
To install OCI8 on Ubuntu 16.06 and PHP7.1, head over to https://gist.github.com/hewerthomn/81eea2935051eb2500941a9309bca703.
Make sure met the following requirements:
- Free account on Oracle website to download Oracle Instant Client and SDK files,
- Full sudo access to your server,
- PHP 5.6 and web server installed (tested with nginx and PHP-FPM).
Install Oracle Instant Client and SDK
Download the Oracle Instant Client and SDK from Oracle website. Make sure you choose the correct architecture for your Ubuntu installation (32bit is x86, 64bit is x86_64). You’ll need to upload the files to your server using whatever method suits you.
Create a new folder to store Oracle Instant Client zip files on your server.
Upload the Instant Clients files inside this folder.
Now we need to extract the files.
cd /opt/oracle unzip instantclient-basic-linux-188.8.131.52.0.zip unzip instantclient-sdk-linux-184.108.40.206.0.zip
Next, we need to create a symlink to Instant Client files.
ln -s /opt/oracle/instantclient_12_1/libclntsh.so.12.1 /opt/oracle/instantclient_12_1/libclntsh.so ln -s /opt/oracle/instantclient_12_1/libocci.so.12.1 /opt/oracle/instantclient_12_1/libocci.so
Add the folder to our ldconfig.
echo /opt/oracle/instantclient_12_1 > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/oracle-instantclient
Update the Dynamic Linker Run-Time Bindings
Done. Now we can proceed to the next part.
Install Additional Packages
To install the OCI8 extension, we need to install some additional package on our server.
Run these command:
apt-get install php-pear php5-dev build-essential libaio1
Once installed, we need to get the OCI8 file.
pecl install oci8-2.0.10
When you are prompted for the Instant Client location, enter the following:
We need to tell PHP to load the OCI8 extension.
echo "extension = oci8.so" >> /etc/php5/fpm/php.ini echo "extension = oci8.so" >> /etc/php5/cli/php.ini
Restart your PHP and nginx.
service php5-fpm restart service nginx restart
Now you can connect to Oracle DBMS from your PHP applications.