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Last Updated on December 7, 2020 by Vikash Ekka

How to enable php imap extension on Amazon Linux 2
How to enable php imap extension on Amazon Linux 2

In this tutorial, we will enable or fix php imap extension on Amazon Linux AMI 2. We will need the tools to compile the module, if you don’t have them installed you can do it as follows:

sudo yum groupinstall “Development Tools”

To install the necessary dependencies we must activate the EPEL repository, if you do not have it activated do the following:

sudo amazon-linux-extras install epel

yum install epel-release

Now we install the dependencies:

sudo yum install libc-client-devel uw-imap-static openssl-devel

Now we are going to create a symbolic link for the script to find the libc-client library.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib64/libc-client.a /usr/lib

Then we will download the source code of the version of PHP that you are using from

cd ~
wget https://www.php.net/distributions/php-7.x.x.tar.gz

We go to the directory that corresponds to the extension that we want to compile in this case IMAP, but this part works for any extension. We prepare the compilation environment with phpize and execute the configure script and then make

cd php-7.x.x/ext/imap
./configure –with-berberos –with-imap-ssl

If everything ends well without an errors, we copy the compiled module to the php modules folder

cd php-7.x.x/ext/imap/modules

sudo cp imap.so /usr/lib64/php/modules/

And we create an ini file to load it

sudo nano /etc/php.d/30-imap.in

 Add the following content to the file


We restart the PHP service (you may need to restart httpd depending on your php installation)

sudo systemctl restart php-fpm


sudo systemctl restart httpd

To verify if the module was correctly loaded we execute

php -m | grep imap

[ec2-user@vetechno ~]$ php -m | grep imap
[ec2-user@vetechno ~]$


If we see something like this in the result of the console, php-imap was loaded correctly and it would be ready to go.


Congratulation you have successfully installed or enabled php imap extension on Amazon Linux 2. Please let me know in the comment box if you are facing any kind of issue, we will happy to answer.

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By Vikash Ekka

Hi All, My name is Vikash Ekka from India. I’m the founder and tech editor of https://www.vetechno.in. I have completed my Graduation in BCA. I love to write technical articles like Windows, Linux & MAC Tutorials, Tips, Tricks, How To fix, Tutorials About Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security Guide, and Software Review. Currently, I have been working as an IT professional since 2018.

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