How to change the active PHP Version, active extensions and specific PHP directives within cPanel’s PHP Selector

Changing the version of PHP that is active, its active extensions and other options such as PHP memory, upload and execution time limits on your cPanel hosting service can be achieved using the “PHP Selector” module.

Accessing cPanel’s PHP Selector Module

  1. Log into cPanel.
    If you are unsure of how to log into cPanel, click here
  2. Open the module titled “Select PHP Version”, this resides under the “Software” section.
    Select PHP version using cPanels PHP Selector

Changing Active PHP Version

  1. Once in the PHP Selector module, you will see the active PHP version written near the top of the page where it says “Current PHP Version:  X.X”
  2. Make your PHP version selection from the drop down menu, and then click on “Set as current”

Changing Active PHP Extensions

  1. You will see a range of common PHP extensions for your active version listed, check/uncheck the boxes for the extensions that you wish to activate/deactivate.
  2. Once you have made your selections, click on “Save”, to reset the default extensions for your current PHP version, click “Use Defaults”

Changing PHP Options

You can also manage individual PHP options and limits for your active PHP version such as “max_execution_time”, “max_upload_filesize”, “memory_limit” and more from within this module.

  1. Click on “Switch to PHP Options”.  This is generally displayed to the far right of your current PHP version.
  2. You will see the options that are available to you for your selected PHP version here, to change these options, click on the value, select or input the required new value and then click on “Apply”.
  3. Once you have made all your required changes, at the bottom left of the option set, click on “Save”.

Note:  For a brief description of what each value is, hover your mouse over the value name for a couple of seconds and a popup should appear with a brief description of the option.

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