Howto install libgeos with PHP5 bindings on Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 LTS

By Jon Saints - 05 Jun 2014

Recently I needed to install libgeos with PHP5 bindings on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The PHP5 bindings are not available as a package in Ubuntu. Here is how I installed it from source.

apt-get install -y apache2 php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-dev phpunit

tar -xjvf geos-3.4.2.tar.bz2
cd geos-3.4.2/
./configure --enable-php
make install

cat > /etc/php5/mods-available/geos.ini << EOF
; configuration for php geos module
; priority=50

php5enmod geos
service apache2 restart

# note: you might need to run ldconfig here if you see permissions issues. I don't see it on my setup, but users in the comments have

You can test this in a test.php file with


echo GEOSVersion();

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