cPanel PHP Upgrade from PHP 7.3 to PHP 7.4

Last modified: July 13, 2022


In cPanel & WHM version 102, we upgraded internal cPanel PHP from version 7.3 to 7.4. This document details the upgrade and the PHP paths.

We tested internal cPanel PHP’s compatibility with packaged applications, such as phpMyAdmin.


Third-party plugin developers must verify that their applications function in the new version.

Build information

  • Tier: NEXT 11.102.0
  • Build Number:
  • Release Date: 01/17/2022
  • Notes: We now provide the oniguruma regular expression library to support multibyte (non-English) regular expressions. In PHP 7.3, this library was bundled as part of PHP.

Upgrade details

The following table provides the initial and upgraded versions of internal cPanel PHP and its loaders:

Software Initial version Upgrade version
PHP 7.3 7.4
ionCube 10.2 11.0
SourceGuardian 11.2 12.1

PHP paths

Third-party plugin developers should reference the proper paths for internal cPanel PHP 7.4.


Specific references to the PHP directory or extensions should use the following directory:



Specific references to PHP libraries or extensions should use the following directory:



Specific references to PHP binaries should use the linked binaries in the following directory:


The php.ini file

cPanel & WHM PHP uses a php.ini file to customize internal PHP settings. The file resides in the following directory:

  • If you edit the cPanel & WHM php.ini file directly, the system will overwrite your changes. Use the PHP section of the Tweak Settings interface to retain changes to cPanel & WHM’s php.ini file.
  • This is the cPanel & WHM php.ini file. For information on EasyApache 4’s php.ini files, read the EasyApache 4 section of our How to Edit Your php.ini File documentation.

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