unix – different result between php -v and phpinfo()-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I don’t understand at all why :

php -v
(or) php -m

return : PHP 7.0

and phpinfo() says I am using PHP 5.

it’s strange, any idea?

I’m using Ubuntu and Nginx. Below is a printscreen :

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How to solve:

It’s not strange. php -v runs php-cli, which in turn reads a different ini file. phpinfo() is evaluated by your webserver, which reads a webserver-specific ini file.

In case of Ubuntu, those are: /etc/phpX/apache2/php.ini and /etc/phpX/cli/php.ini, for nginx in your case it uses php-fpm, whose config is located in /etc/phpX/fpm/php.ini.

Also, in your case PHP7 is probably either compiled or pulled from some other repo. If you want nginx to pick up PHP7, you’ll need to either compile or install php7-fpm or something in those lines. YMMV depending on how you got PHP7 onto your system.

To get a feeling of how this works – create a file anywhere on the filesystem inside your web folder, say, called test.php with the following content:




Then try running:

# php test.php

and then access this file from a web browser at http://path.to.your.site.com/path/to/test.php

You’ll see that cli PHP will report version 7.0, whereas nginx will keep reporting PHP5.


You need to change default php version.

sudo update-alternatives --set php /usr/bin/php7.2


If your system is like this:

  • ubuntu
  • php-fpm

So you should to change your ngnix config:

in /etc/ngnix/sites-available nano per your address and change the fpm version:

  location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_index index.php;

then restart your ngnix

$ sudo service nginx restart

now check your php version with phpinfo() and php -v on cli.


If you have this problem while upgrading from PHP5 to PHP7 on Ubuntu 14.04 with Apache, here’s what helped me (credit goes here):

Disable PHP5 module on Apache:

sudo a2dismod php5

Now enable PHP7:

sudo a2enmod php7.1

To reflect changes Apache restart is required:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

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