PHP Extensions

At the platform, PHP application servers are delivered with a number of embedded modules, which allows you to set different PHP extensions in httpd (Apache-PHP) and PHP-FPM (NGINX-PHP) daemons. Among these extensions, the following commonly required ones are inbuilt, i.e. loaded and run with PHP by default:


The rest of provided extensions are dynamic, i.e. they are included to the appropriate servers' builds (being stored within the dedicated modules server folder) and can be enabled upon the necessity:
Below, you can figure out how to:

Activate Extension

In order to make a dynamic extension available for the used PHP module (i.e. engine), it should be enabled within the corresponding configuration file.

Note: The inbuilt extensions should not be loaded manually, as they are constantly running at all PHP servers in the platform by default.
Below, you can find out how this can be accomplished:

  1. Click the Config button for your app server. php extensions config

  2. Within the opened configuration tab, move to the etc > php.ini file and scroll down to the Extensions provided by PaaS section. Here, each dynamic extension has its own sub-section, where it can be enabled and configured. php extensions phpini

  3. Now, locate the required section (they are listed in the alphabetic order) and uncomment the extension={module_name}.so directive inside (i.e. remove semicolons at the beginning of the corresponding line) to enable it: php extensions soapso Also, here you can adjust the extension by means of the stated configuration parameters (or specify your own ones).

  4. After all the necessary changes are made, do not forget to Save them and Restart the node to apply the new configuration. php extensions restart

Configure Extension

All the necessary PHP modules' settings are to be handled via the php.ini file. Herewith, the majority of provided dynamic extensions are specified with a set of possible configuration parameters alongside.

As an example, let’s consider such for the dynamic OPcache extension - PHP accelerator, based on the opcode caching and optimization:

  • opcache.enable=1
    enable/disable OPcache extension
  • opcache.memory_consumption=64
    set the amount of memory to use
  • opcache.interned_strings_buffer=8
    set the amount of memory to be used for storing internal strings (e.g. classnames)
  • opcache.max_accelerated_files=4000
    the maximum number of files to be cached
  • opcache.revalidate_freq=60
    the frequency of checking file timestamps for the shared memory storage allocation to be changed
  • opcache.fast_shutdown=1
    enable/disable a fast shutdown sequence for accelerated code
  • opcache.enable_cli=1
    enable/disable OPcache for the CLI version of PHP

Add Custom Extension

In addition to all of the modules, available at the platform out-of-box, you have the possibility to integrate your own PHP extensions to a server if needed. For that, just follow the instruction below:

1. Compile the extension itself.

2. Navigate to the platform dashboard and click on the Config button for your PHP application server. php extensions config

3. Now, using the opened manager, upload your custom extension to the modules folder. php extensions upload

4. Move to the etc > php.ini file, find the Dynamic Extensions section and add the next command directive:
extension={module_name}.so php extensions custom module

Tip: You can define all the necessary settings for your extension at the same section, if needed.

5. Save the changes and Restart the node. php extensions restart That’s all! Now your custom extension is activated.

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