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A Dockerfile to build an image running multiple PHP versions on Apache
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phpfarm for docker

This is a build file to create a phpfarm setup. The resulting docker image will run Apache on 5 different ports with 5 different PHP versions:

Port PHP Version
8052 5.2.17
8053 5.3.29
8054 5.4.32
8055 5.5.16
8056 5.6.1

Building the image

After checkout, simply run the following command:

docker build -t splitbrain/phpfarm .

This will setup a base Debian system, install phpfarm, download and compile the four PHP versions and setup Apache. So, yes this will take a while. See the next section for a faster alternative.

Downloading the image

Simply downloading the ready made image from is probably the fastest way. Just run this:

docker pull splitbrain/phpfarm

Please note that this image might be somewhat behind from what the Dockerfile would build, but my upload speed is too limited to upload a gigabyte in a timely fashion.

Running the container

The following will run the container and map all ports to their respective ports on the local machine. The current working directory will be used as the document root for the Apache server and the server it self will run with the same user id as your current user.

docker run --rm -t -i -e APACHE_UID=$UID -v $PWD:/var/www:rw -p 8052:8052 -p 8053:8053 -p 8054:8054 -p 8055:8055 -p 8056:8056 splitbrain/phpfarm

Above command will also remove the container again when the process is aborted with CTRL-C. While running the Apache and PHP error log is shown on STDOUT.

Note: the entry point for this image has been defined as ''/bin/bash'' and it will run our '''' by default. You can specify other parameters to be run by bash of course.

To Do

  • adjust the build process to have a single file to configure PHP versions and ports
  • optimize the Dockerfile to be more space and update efficient
  • add more common PHP modules to be built


This is the first time I ever worked with docker. Pullrequests and hints on how to improve the process are more than welcome.

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