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  • 999.999.999 (deleted)
  • 4.0.0-beta1 (latest)
  • 3.4.2
  • 3.4.1
  • 3.4.0
  • 3.3.1
  • 3.3.0
  • 3.2.2
  • 3.2.1
  • 3.2.0
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  • 3.0.0
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  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.2
  • 1.0.1
  • 1.0.0
released Jul 12th 2016
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise >= 3.3.0
  • Puppet >= 3.3.0 < 5.0.0
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This module has been deprecated by its author since Nov 13th 2018.

The reason given was: This module has been adopted by Vox Pupuli.

The author has suggested puppet-php as its replacement.

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mayflower/php — version 4.0.0-beta1 Jul 12th 2016

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Current Status

The original maintainers of puppet-php are not developing it actively anymore, because they moved away from Puppet. If you want to help maintaining this module please see #183.

mayflower/php Puppet Module

mayflower/php is a Puppet module for managing PHP with a strong focus on php-fpm. The module aims to use sane defaults for the supported architectures. We strive to support all recent versions of Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat/CentOS, openSUSE/SLES and FreeBSD. Managing Apache with mod_php is not supported.

This originally was a fork of jippi/puppet-php (nodes-php on Puppet Forge) but has since been rewritten in large parts.


Quickest way to get started is simply include'ing the php class.

include '::php'

Or, you can override defaults and specify additional custom configurations by declaring class { '::php': } with parameters:

class { '::php':
  ensure       => latest,
  manage_repos => true,
  fpm          => true,
  dev          => true,
  composer     => true,
  pear         => true,
  phpunit      => false,

Optionally the PHP version or configuration root directory can be changed also:

class { '::php::globals':
  php_version => '7.0',
  config_root => '/etc/php/7.0',
class { '::php':
  manage_repos => true

There are more configuration options available. Please refer to the auto-generated documentation at

Defining php.ini settings

PHP configuration parameters in php.ini files can be defined as parameter settings on the main php class, or php::fpm / php::cli classes, or php::extension resources for each component independently.

These settings are written into their respective php.ini file. Global settings in php::settings are merged with the settings of all components. Please note that settings of extensions are always independent.

In the following example the PHP options and timezone will be set in all PHP configurations, i.e. the PHP cli application and all php-fpm pools.

  class { '::php':
    settings   => {
      'PHP/max_execution_time'  => '90',
      'PHP/max_input_time'      => '300',
      'PHP/memory_limit'        => '64M',
      'PHP/post_max_size'       => '32M',
      'PHP/upload_max_filesize' => '32M',
      'Date/date.timezone'      => 'Europe/Berlin',

Installing extensions

PHP configuration parameters in php.ini files can be defined as parameter extensions on the main php class. They are activated for all activated SAPIs.

  class { '::php':
    extensions => {
      bcmath    => { },
      imagick   => {
        provider => pecl,
      xmlrpc    => { },
      memcached => {
        provider        => 'pecl',
        header_packages => [ 'libmemcached-devel', ],
      apc       => {
        provider => 'pecl',
        settings => {
          'apc/stat'       => '1',
          'apc/stat_ctime' => '1',
        sapi     => 'fpm',

See the documentation of the php::extension resource for all available parameters and default values.

Defining php-fpm pools

If different php-fpm pools are required, you can use php::fpm::pool defined resource type. A single pool called www will be configured by default. Specify additional pools like so:

  php::fpm::pool { 'www2':
    listen => '',

For an overview of all possible parameters for php::fpm::pool resources please see its documention.

Alternative examples using Hiera

Alternative to the Puppet DSL code examples above, you may optionally define your PHP configuration using Hiera.

Below are all the examples you see above, but defined in YAML format for use with Hiera.

php::ensure: latest
php::manage_repos: true
php::fpm: true
php::dev: true
php::composer: true
php::pear: true
php::phpunit: false
  'PHP/max_execution_time': '90'
  'PHP/max_input_time': '300'
  'PHP/memory_limit': '64M'
  'PHP/post_max_size': '32M'
  'PHP/upload_max_filesize': '32M'
  'Date/date.timezone': 'Europe/Berlin'
  bcmath: {}
  xmlrpc: {}
    provider: pecl
    provider: pecl
      - libmemcached-dev
    provider: pecl
      'apc/stat': 1
      'apc/stat_ctime': 1
    sapi: 'fpm'
    listen: ''


Debian squeeze & Ubuntu precise come with PHP 5.3

On Debian-based systems, we use php5enmod to enable extension-specific configuration. This script is only present in php5 packages beginning with version 5.4. Furthermore, PHP 5.3 is not supported by upstream anymore.

We strongly suggest you use a recent PHP version, even if you're using an older though still supported distribution release. Our default is to have php::manage_repos enabled to add apt sources for Dotdeb on Debian and ppa:ondrej/php5 on Ubuntu with packages for the current stable PHP version closely tracking upstream.

Ubuntu systems and Ondřej's PPA

The older Ubuntu PPAs run by Ondřej have been deprecated (ondrej/php5, ondrej/php5.6) in favor of a new PPA: ondrej/php which contains all 3 versions of PHP: 5.5, 5.6, and 7.0 Here's an example in hiera of getting PHP 5.6 installed with php-fpm, pear/pecl, and composer:

php::globals::php_version: '5.6'
php::fpm: true
php::dev: true
php::composer: true
php::pear: true
php::phpunit: false

If you do not specify a php version, in Ubuntu the default will be 7.0 if you are running Xenial (16.04), otherwise PHP 5.6 will be installed (for other versions)

Apache support

Apache with mod_php is not supported by this module. Please use puppetlabs/apache instead.

We prefer using php-fpm. You can find an example Apache vhost in manifests/apache_vhost.pp that shows you how to use mod_proxy_fcgi to connect to php-fpm.


We deliver a phpversion fact with this module. This is explicitly NOT intended to be used within your puppet manifests as it will only work on your second puppet run. Its intention is to make querying PHP versions per server easy via PuppetDB or Foreman.

FreeBSD support

On FreeBSD systems we purge the system-wide extensions.ini in favour of per-module configuration files.

Please also note that support for Composer and PHPUnit on FreeBSD is untested and thus likely incomplete.

Running the test suite

To run the tests install the ruby dependencies with bundler and execute rake:

bundle install --path vendor/bundle
bundle exec rake

Bugs & New Features

If you happen to stumble upon a bug, please feel free to create a pull request with a fix (optionally with a test), and a description of the bug and how it was resolved.

Or if you're not into coding, simply create an issue adding steps to let us reproduce the bug and we will happily fix it.

If you have a good idea for a feature or how to improve this module in general, please create an issue to discuss it. We are very open to feedback. Pull requests are always welcome.

We hate orphaned and unmaintained Puppet modules as much as you do and therefore promise that we will continue to maintain this module and keep response times to issues short. If we happen to lose interest, we will write a big fat warning into this README to let you know.


The project is released under the permissive MIT license.

The source can be found at

This Puppet module is being actively maintained by some fellow puppeteers at Mayflower GmbH.