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General purpose PHP images for Docker

This repository contains a set of developer-friendly, general purpose PHP images for Docker.

  • You can enable or disable the extensions using environment variables.
  • You can also modify the php.ini settings using environment variables.
  • 2 types available: slim (no extensions preloaded) or fat (most common PHP extensions are built-in)
  • 3 variants available: CLI, apache and fpm
  • Fat images are bundled with Supercronic which is a Cron compatible task runner. Cron jobs can be configured using environment variables
  • Fat images come with Composer and Prestissimo installed
  • All variants can be installed with or without NodeJS (if you need to build your static assets).
  • Everything is done to limit file permission issues that often arise when using Docker. The image is actively tested on Linux, Windows and MacOS


Name PHP version type variant NodeJS version Size
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-apache 8.0.x fat apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-apache-node10 8.0.x fat apache 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-apache-node12 8.0.x fat apache 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-apache-node14 8.0.x fat apache 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-fpm 8.0.x fat fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-fpm-node10 8.0.x fat fpm 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-fpm-node12 8.0.x fat fpm 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-fpm-node14 8.0.x fat fpm 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-cli 8.0.x fat cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-cli-node10 8.0.x fat cli 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-cli-node12 8.0.x fat cli 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-cli-node14 8.0.x fat cli 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-slim-apache 8.0.x slim apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-slim-fpm 8.0.x slim fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:8.0-v4-slim-cli 8.0.x slim cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache 7.4.x fat apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node10 7.4.x fat apache 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node12 7.4.x fat apache 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node14 7.4.x fat apache 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-fpm 7.4.x fat fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-fpm-node10 7.4.x fat fpm 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-fpm-node12 7.4.x fat fpm 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-fpm-node14 7.4.x fat fpm 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli 7.4.x fat cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli-node10 7.4.x fat cli 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli-node12 7.4.x fat cli 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli-node14 7.4.x fat cli 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-slim-apache 7.4.x slim apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-slim-fpm 7.4.x slim fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-slim-cli 7.4.x slim cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-apache 7.3.x fat apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-apache-node10 7.3.x fat apache 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-apache-node12 7.3.x fat apache 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-apache-node14 7.3.x fat apache 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-fpm 7.3.x fat fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-fpm-node10 7.3.x fat fpm 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-fpm-node12 7.3.x fat fpm 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-fpm-node14 7.3.x fat fpm 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-cli 7.3.x fat cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-cli-node10 7.3.x fat cli 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-cli-node12 7.3.x fat cli 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-cli-node14 7.3.x fat cli 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-slim-apache 7.3.x slim apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-slim-fpm 7.3.x slim fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.3-v4-slim-cli 7.3.x slim cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-apache 7.2.x fat apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-apache-node10 7.2.x fat apache 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-apache-node12 7.2.x fat apache 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-apache-node14 7.2.x fat apache 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-fpm 7.2.x fat fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-fpm-node10 7.2.x fat fpm 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-fpm-node12 7.2.x fat fpm 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-fpm-node14 7.2.x fat fpm 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-cli 7.2.x fat cli N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-cli-node10 7.2.x fat cli 10.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-cli-node12 7.2.x fat cli 12.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-cli-node14 7.2.x fat cli 14.x
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-slim-apache 7.2.x slim apache N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-slim-fpm 7.2.x slim fpm N/A
thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-slim-cli 7.2.x slim cli N/A

Note: we also tag patch releases of PHP versions. So you can specify a specific patch release using thecodingmachine/php:8.0.2-v4-cli for instance. However, unless you have a very specific need (for instance if the latest patch release of PHP introduced regressions), believe you have no valid reason to ask explicitly for 8.0.2 for instance. When 8.0.3 is out, you certainly want to upgrade automatically to this patch release since patch releases contain only bugfixes. Also, we automatically rebuild X.Y images every week, but only the latest X.Y.Z patch release gets a rebuild. The other patch releases are frozen in time and will contain bugs and security issues. So use those with great care.

[Major].[minor] images are automatically updated when a new patch version of PHP is released, so the PHP 7.4 image will always contain the most up-to-date version of the PHP 7.4.x branch.


These images are based on the official PHP image.

Example with CLI:

$ docker run -it --rm --name my-running-script -v "$PWD":/usr/src/app thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli php your-script.php

Example with Apache:

$ docker run -p 80:80 --rm --name my-apache-php-app -v "$PWD":/var/www/html thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache

Example with PHP-FPM:

$ docker run -p 9000:9000 --rm --name my-php-fpm -v "$PWD":/var/www/html thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-fpm

Example with Apache + Node 14.x in a Dockerfile:


FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node14

COPY src/ /var/www/html/
RUN composer install
RUN npm install
RUN npm run build

Extensions available

This image comes with 2 "types": the slim and the fat image.

The slim image contains only a set a base PHP extensions.

Only these extensions are available in the slim image: calendar ctype curl dom exif fileinfo ftp gettext iconv json mbstring opcache pcntl pdo phar posix readline shmop simplexml sockets sysvmsg sysvsem sysvshm tokenizer wddx xml xmlreader xmlwriter xsl zip

These extensions are enabled by default.

The slim image provides a simple way to install the other extensions. You would typically use the "slim" image in a Dockerfile when building your own custom image.

The fat image contains the most commonly used extensions. You would typically use it in a local or CI environment.

Fat image

Below is a list of extensions available in this image:

Enabled by default (in addition to extensions enabled in Slim image): apcu mysqli pdo_mysql igbinary redis soap

Available (can be enabled using environment variables): amqp ast bcmath blackfire bz2 dba ds enchant ev event exif mailparse msgpack gd gettext gmp gnupg igbinary imagick imap intl ldap mcrypt memcached mongodb pcov pdo_dblib pdo_pgsql pdo_sqlite pgsql pspell shmop snmp sockets sqlite3 swoole tidy uploadprogress uuid weakref(-beta) xdebug xmlrpc xsl yaml


  • mcrypt is not available anymore in PHP 7.3+
  • weakref is not compatible with PHP 7.3+ (but weak references were added to the PHP core in PHP 7.4)
  • sybase extension is not available in v4 (use v3)
  • ev, event, gnupg, mongodb, rdkafka, swoole, uploadprogress, xmlrpc, blackfire are not available in PHP 8.0+

Enabling/disabling extensions in the fat image

You can enable/disable extensions using the PHP_EXTENSION_[extension_name] environment variable.

For instance:

version: '3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node14
      # Enable the PostgreSQL extension
      # Disable the Mysqli extension (otherwise it is enabled by default)

As an alternative, you can use the PHP_EXTENSIONS global variable:

PHP_EXTENSIONS=pgsql gettext imap

Compiling extensions in the slim image

If you are using the slim image, you can automatically compile the extensions using the PHP_EXTENSIONS ARG in your Dockerfile.

ARG PHP_EXTENSIONS="apcu mysqli pdo_mysql redis soap"
FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-slim-apache
# The build will automatically trigger the download and compilation
# of the extensions (thanks to a ONBUILD hook in the slim image)

Beware! The ARG PHP_EXTENSIONS command must be written before the FROM. This is not a typo.

Note: the slim image comes with literally no extensions. Not even "opcache" which is definitely useful performance-wise. We highly recommend to install at least the "opcache" extension.

Heads up: if you are using multistage builds, the "ARG" variable must be put at the very top of the file (before the first FROM):

# The PHP_EXTENSIONS ARG will apply to the "slim" image
ARG PHP_EXTENSIONS="apcu mysqli opcache pdo_mysql zip soap"

FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-apache-node10 AS builder

COPY --chown=docker:docker sources/web .
RUN composer install &&\
    yarn install &&\
    yarn build

# The slim image will automatically build the extensions from the list provided at the very top of the file.
FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.2-v4-slim-apache

ENV APP_ENV=prod \

COPY --from=builder /var/www/html .

In the sample above, we use the fat image to perform a "yarn build", but copy the result in a slim image that does not contain Node, and contains only required extensions.

Setting parameters in php.ini

By default, the base php.ini file used is the development php.ini file that comes with PHP.

You can use the production php.ini file using the TEMPLATE_PHP_INI environment variable:

# Use the production php.ini file as a base

You can override parameters in php.ini using the PHP_INI_XXX environment variables:

version: '3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node14
      # set the parameter memory_limit=1g
      # set the parameter error_reporting=EALL

Absolutely all php.ini parameters can be set.

Internally, the image will map all environment variables starting with PHP_INI_.

If your php.ini parameter contains a dot ("."), you can replace it with a double underscore ("__").

For instance:

# Will set the parameter xdebug.remote_autostart=1

Default working directory

The working directory (the directory in which you should mount/copy your application) depends on the image variant you are using:

Variant Working directory
cli /usr/src/app
apache /var/www/html
fpm /var/www/html

Changing Apache document root

For the apache variant, you can change the document root of Apache (i.e. your "public" directory) by using the APACHE_DOCUMENT_ROOT variable:

# The root of your website is in the "public" directory:

If the APACHE_DOCUMENT_ROOT starts with a "/", it will be considered an absolute path. If the APACHE_DOCUMENT_ROOT does not starts with a "/", it will be a path relative to "/var/www/html".

# These 2 variables are identical

Enabling/disabling Apache extensions

You can enable/disable Apache extensions using the APACHE_EXTENSION_[extension_name] environment variable.

For instance:

version: '3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node14
      # Enable the DAV extension for Apache
      # Enable the SSL extension for Apache

As an alternative, you can use the APACHE_EXTENSIONS global variable:


Apache modules enabled by default: access_compat, alias, auth_basic, authn_core, authn_file, authz_core, authz_host, authz_user, autoindex, deflate, dir, env, expires, filter, mime, mpm_prefork, negotiation, php7, reqtimeout, rewrite, setenvif, status

Apache modules available: access_compat, actions, alias, allowmethods, asis, auth_basic, auth_digest, auth_form, authn_anon, authn_core, authn_dbd, authn_dbm, authn_file, authn_socache, authnz_fcgi, authnz_ldap, authz_core, authz_dbd, authz_dbm, authz_groupfile, authz_host, authz_owner, authz_user, autoindex, buffer, cache, cache_disk, cache_socache, cgi, cgid, charset_lite, data, dav, dav_fs, dav_lock, dbd, deflate, dialup, dir, dump_io, echo, env, ext_filter, expires, file_cache, filter, headers, heartbeat, heartmonitor, ident, include, info, lbmethod_bybusyness, lbmethod_byrequests, lbmethod_bytraffic, lbmethod_heartbeat, ldap, log_debug, log_forensic, lua, macro, mime, mime_magic, mpm_event, mpm_prefork, mpm_worker, negotiation, php7, proxy, proxy_ajp, proxy_balancer, proxy_connect, proxy_express, proxy_fcgi, proxy_fdpass, proxy_ftp, proxy_html, proxy_http, proxy_scgi, proxy_wstunnel, ratelimit, reflector, remoteip, reqtimeout, request, rewrite, sed, session, session_cookie, session_crypto, session_dbd, setenvif, slotmem_plain, slotmem_shm, socache_dbm, socache_memcache, socache_shmcb, speling, ssl, status, substitute, suexec, unique_id, userdir, usertrack, vhost_alias, xml2enc


To enable XDebug, you simply have to set the environment variable:


If you enable XDebug, the image will do its best to configure the xdebug.client_host to point back to your Docker host.

Behind the scenes, the image will:

  • set the parameter xdebug.mode=debug
  • if you are using a Linux machine, the xdebug.client_host IP will point to your Docker gateway
  • if you are using a Windows or MaxOS machine, the xdebug.client_host IP will point to host.docker.internal or docker.for.mac.localhost


The fat images come with a Node variant. You can use Node 10, 12 or 14. If you need a Node 8 variant, use thecodingmachine/php v3 images. If you need a Node 6 variant, use thecodingmachine/php v1 images.

If you use the slim images, you can install a NodeJS version with a simple ARG during the build:

FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-slim-apache
# The build will automatically trigger the download of Node 10
# (thanks to a ONBUILD hook in the slim image)

Beware! The ARG NODE_VERSION command must be written before the FROM. This is not a typo.

NODE_VERSION can take any valid node versions (from 6 to 11 at the time of writing this README)


Ever faced file permission issues with Docker? Good news, this is a thing of the past!

If you are used to running Docker containers with the base PHP image, you probably noticed that when running commands (like composer install) within the container, files are associated to the root user. This is because the base user of the image is "root".

When you mount your project directory into /var/www/html, it would be great if the default user used by Docker could be your current host user.

The problem with Docker is that the container and the host do not share the same list of users. For instance, you might be logged in on your host computer as superdev (ID: 1000), and the container has no user whose ID is 1000.

The thecodingmachine/php images solve this issue with a bit of black magic:

The image contains a user named docker. On container startup, the startup script will look at the owner of the working directory (/var/www/html for Apache/PHP-FPM, or /usr/src/app for CLI). The script will then assume that you want to run commands as this user. So it will dynamically change the ID of the docker user to match the ID of the current working directory user.

Furthermore, the image is changing the Apache default user/group to be docker/docker (instead if www-data/www-data). So Apache will run with the same rights as the user on your host.

The direct result is that, in development:

  • Your PHP application can edit any file
  • Your container can edit any file
  • You can still edit any file created by Apache or by the container in CLI

Using this image in production

By changing the Apache user to be docker:docker, we are lowering the security. This is OK for a development environment, but this should be avoided in production. Indeed, in production, Apache should not be allowed to edit PHP files of your application. If for some reason, an attacker manages to change PHP files using a security hole, he could then run any PHP script by editing the PHP files of your application.

In production, you want to change back the Apache user to www-data.

This can be done easily:


FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache

# ...

# Change back Apache user and group to www-data

Setting up CRON jobs

You can set up CRON jobs using environment variables too.

To do this, you need to configure 3 variables:

# configure the user that will run cron (defaults to root)
# configure the schedule for the cron job (here: run every minute)
# last but not least, configure the command
CRON_COMMAND=vendor/bin/console do:stuff

By default, CRON output will be redirected to Docker output.

If you have more than one job to run, you can suffix your environment variable with the same string. For instance:

CRON_SCHEDULE_1=* * * * *
CRON_COMMAND_1=vendor/bin/console do:stuff

CRON_SCHEDULE_2=0 3 * * *
CRON_COMMAND_2=vendor/bin/console other:stuff

Cron is installed by default in the fat images. If you are using the "slim" images, you need to install it by passing a single argument before the "FROM" clause in your Dockerfile:

FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-slim-apache
# The build triggers automatically the installation of Cron

Important: The cron runner we use is "Supercronic" and not the orginial "cron" that has a number of issues with containers. Even with Supercronic, the architecture of cron was never designed with Docker in mind (Cron is way older than Docker). It will run correctly on your container. If at some point you want to scale and add more containers, it will run on all your containers. At that point, if you only want to run a Cron task once for your application (and not once per container), you might want to have a look at alternative solutions like Tasker or use the native features of your orchestrator (if you use Kubernetes, you have a native task runner available), or one of the many other alternatives.

Please notice that by default, containers are running in the UTC timezone. So your CRONs will run at UTC time. If you want to change a timezone in a container, you can use the TZ environment variable.

# Run this cron at 1 am, Paris time
CRON_SCHEDULE_1=0 1 * * *
CRON_COMMAND_1=vendor/bin/console do:stuff

Supercronic options

To specify Supercronic options you can set the SUPERCRONIC_OPTIONS environment variable.

This can be used to enable duplicate jobs. Per default, Supercronic will wait for a given job to finish before that job is scheduled again.
With the option -overlapping Supercronic will run duplicate instances of the jobs instead of waiting for them.


# Or multiple options
SUPERCRONIC_OPTIONS=-overlapping -debug

For more options see see the Supercronic Documentation.

Launching commands on container startup

You can launch commands on container startup using the STARTUP_COMMAND_XXX environment variables. This can be very helpful to install dependencies or apply database patches for instance:

STARTUP_COMMAND_1=composer install
STARTUP_COMMAND_2=vendor/bin/doctrine orm:schema-tool:update 

As an alternative, the images will look into the container for an executable file named /etc/container/

If such a file is mounted in the image, it will be executed on container startup.

docker run -it --rm --name my-running-script -v "$PWD":/usr/src/myapp -w /usr/src/myapp \ 
       -v $PWD/ thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli php your-script.php 

Using the CLI variant

The CLI images (thecodingmachine/php:7.x-v4-cli) expect a command to be passed in parameter. You should override the Docker "command".

Important! You should not override the Docker "entrypoint".

Usage in a Dockerfile:

FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli

CMD ["php", "myprogram.php", "some_param"]

Usage with Docker compose:


version: '3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-cli
    command: php myprogram.php some_param

Registering SSH private keys

If your PHP project as a dependency on a package stored in a private GIT repository, your composer install commands will not work unless you register your private key in the container.

You have several options to do this.

Option 1: mount your keys in the container directly

This option is the easiest way to go if you are using the image on a development environment.


version: '3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache-node14
      - ~/.ssh:/home/docker/.ssh

Option 2: store the keys from environment variables or build arguments

Look at this option if you are building a Dockerfile from this image.

The first thing to do is to get the signature of the server you want to connect to.

$ ssh-keyscan

Copy the output and put it in an environment variable. We assume the content is stored in $SSH_KNOWN_HOSTS.

Now, let's write a Dockerfile.


FROM thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache


# Let's register the private key
RUN ssh-add <(echo "$SSH_PRIVATE_KEY")
# Let's add the server to the list of known hosts.
RUN echo "$SSH_KNOWN_HOSTS" >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts

Finally, when triggering the build, you must pass the 2 variables as build arguments:

$ docker build -t my_image --build-arg SSH_PRIVATE_KEY="$SSH_PRIVATE_KEY" --build-arg SSH_KNOWN_HOSTS="$SSH_KNOWN_HOSTS" .

Usage in Kubernetes

If you plan to use this image in Kubernetes, please be aware that the image internally uses sudo. This is because the default user (docker) needs to be able to edit php config files as root.

Kubernetes has a security setting (allowPrivilegeEscalation) that can disallow the use of sudo. The use of this flag breaks the image and in the logs, you will find the message:

sudo: effective uid is not 0, is /usr/bin/sudo on a file system with the 'nosuid' option set or an NFS file system without root privileges?

Please be sure that this option is never set to false:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
# ...
  - name: foobar
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache
      allowPrivilegeEscalation: true # never use "false" here.

Profiling with Blackfire

This image comes with the Blackfire PHP probe. You can install it using:


By default, the image expects that the blackfire agent is started in another container.

Your docker-compose.yml file will typically look like this:


version: '3.3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache
      - "80:80"
    image: blackfire/blackfire
        # Exposes the host BLACKFIRE_SERVER_ID and TOKEN environment variables.
        # You can also use global environment credentials :

See Blackfire Docker documentation for more information.

The image assumes that the Blackfire agent is accessible via the blackfire URL (like in the exemple above). If for some reason, the container name is not "blackfire", you can customize the agent URL with the BLACKFIRE_AGENT environment variable:


version: '3.3'
    image: thecodingmachine/php:7.4-v4-apache
      BLACKFIRE_AGENT: myblackfire
    # ...
    image: blackfire/blackfire
        # ...

Migrating from older image versions

Check the migration notes.


There is one branch per minor PHP version and version of the image.

Please submit your pull requests to the lowest branch where is applies.

The Dockerfiles and the README are generated from a template using Orbit.

If you want to modify a Dockerfile or the README, you should instead edit the utils/Dockerfile.blueprint or utils/ and then run the command:

$ orbit run generate

This command will generate all the files from the "blueprint" templates.

You can then test your changes using the command:


Adding additional images

To add a new version (php, node, apache, ...), please edit the following files :

  • utils/
    • Add your image in this section: Images
  • orbit.yml: Your image in generation task
  • .travis.yml: To check the new image
  • Add your image in test

Special thanks

These images have been strongly inspired by tetraweb/php.

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