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PHP Manual [Building the MongoDB PHP Driver from source]

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For driver developers and people interested in the latest bugfixes, you can compile the driver from the latest source code on » Github. Run the following commands to clone and build the project:

$ git clone
$ cd mongo-php-driver
$ git submodule update --init
$ phpize
$ ./configure
$ make all
$ sudo make install

If your system has multiple version of PHP installed (e.g. macOS default and » XAMPP), note that each version of PHP has its own phpize command and php.ini file.

By default, the driver will use bundled versions of » libbson, » libmongoc, and » libmongocrypt and attempt to configure them on its own. If these libraries are already installed as system libraries, you can instruct the driver to utilize them by specifying --with-libbson=yes --with--libmongoc=yes as arguments to configure. Starting with version 1.7.0 of the extension, these arguments are deprecated and you should use --with-mongodb-system-libs=yes instead.

For a complete list of configure options, run configure --help.

When using bundled versions of libbson and libmongoc, the driver will also attempt to select an SSL library according to the --with-mongodb-ssl option for configure. The default value is --with-mongodb-ssl=auto, which will search for Secure Transport (macOS only), OpenSSL, and LibreSSL, in that order. Additionally, you may specify openssl, libressl, or darwin to force selection of a particular library, respectively.


If the build process fails to find an SSL library, check that the development packages (e.g. libssl-dev) and » pkg-config are both installed.

When using Homebrew on macOS, it is common for a system to have multiple versions of OpenSSL installed. To ensure that the desired version of OpenSSL is selected, the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable may be used to control the search path for pkg-config. If pkg-config is not used, configure also supports a --with-openssl-dir=DIR argument, which can be used to specify a manual search path (for OpenSSL only).

The final build step, make install, will report where has been installed, similar to:

Installing shared extensions:     /usr/lib/php/extensions/debug-non-zts-20151012/

Ensure that the extension_dir option in php.ini points to the directory where was installed. You can query for the option by running:

$ php -i | grep extension_dir
  extension_dir => /usr/lib/php/extensions/debug-non-zts-20151012 =>

If the directories differ, either change extension_dir in php.ini or manually move to the correct directory.

Finally, add the following line to your php.ini file:

PHP Manual || Installation