How can I enable the MySQLi extension in PHP 7?


I have installed PHP 7 and MySQL 5.5.47 on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).

I have checked installed extension using:

sudo apt-cache search php7-*

It outputs:

php7.0-common - Common files for packages built from the PHP source
libapache2-mod-php7.0 - server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (Apache 2 module)
php7.0-cgi - server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (CGI binary)
php7.0-cli - command-line interpreter for the PHP scripting language
php7.0-phpdbg - server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (PHPDBG binary)
php7.0-fpm - server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (FPM-CGI binary)
libphp7.0-embed - HTML-embedded scripting language (Embedded SAPI library)
php7.0-dev - Files for PHP7.0 module development
php7.0-dbg - Debug symbols for PHP7.0
php7.0-curl - CURL module for PHP
php7.0-enchant - Enchant module for PHP
php7.0-gd - GD module for PHP
php7.0-gmp - GMP module for PHP
php7.0-imap - IMAP module for PHP
php7.0-interbase - Interbase module for PHP
php7.0-intl - Internationalisation module for PHP
php7.0-ldap - LDAP module for PHP
php7.0-mcrypt - libmcrypt module for PHP
php7.0-readline - readline module for PHP
php7.0-odbc - ODBC module for PHP
php7.0-pgsql - PostgreSQL module for PHP
php7.0-pspell - pspell module for PHP
php7.0-recode - recode module for PHP
php7.0-snmp - SNMP module for PHP
php7.0-tidy - tidy module for PHP
php7.0-xmlrpc - XMLRPC-EPI module for PHP
php7.0-xsl - XSL module for PHP
php7.0 - server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language (metapackage)
php7.0-json - JSON module for PHP
php-all-dev - package depending on all supported PHP development packages
php7.0-sybase - Sybase module for PHP
php7.0-sqlite3 - SQLite3 module for PHP
php7.0-mysql - MySQL module for PHP
php7.0-opcache - Zend OpCache module for PHP
php7.0-bz2 - bzip2 module for PHP

I am not able to see the MySQLi extension using phpinfo() either. How can I enable/install MySQLi extension in PHP 7?

That's why I cannot use phpMyAdmin. It says "The mysqli extension is missing."

12/30/2019 12:25:48 PM

Accepted Answer

I got the solution. I am able to enable MySQLi extension in php.ini. I just uncommented this line in php.ini:


Now MySQLi is working well. Here is the php.ini file path in an Apache 2, PHP 7, and Ubuntu 14.04 environment:


By default, the MySQLi extension is disabled in PHP 7.

12/17/2019 6:31:49 AM

sudo phpenmod mysqli
sudo service apache2 restart

  • phpenmod moduleName enables a module to PHP 7 (restart Apache after that sudo service apache2 restart)
  • phpdismod moduleName disables a module to PHP 7 (restart Apache after that sudo service apache2 restart)
  • php -m lists the loaded modules

In Ubuntu, you need to uncomment this line in file php.ini which is located at /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini:

On Ubuntu, when mysqli is missing, execute the following,

sudo apt-get install php7.x-mysqli

sudo service apache2 restart

Replace 7.x with your PHP version.

Note: This could be 7.0 and up, but for example Drupal recommends PHP 7.2 on grounds of security among others.

To check your PHP version, on the command-line type:

php -v

You do exactly the same if you are missing mbstring:

apt-get install php7.x-mbstring

service apache2 restart

I recently had to do this for phpMyAdmin when upgrading PHP from 7.0 to 7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).


For all docker users, just run docker-php-ext-install mysqli from inside your php container.

Update: More information on in the section "How to install more PHP extensions".


Let's use


instead of


because mysql_connect isn't supported in PHP 7.