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This extension is deprecated. Instead, the MongoDB extension should be used.

The MongoDB PHP driver should work on nearly any system: Windows, Mac OS X, Unix, and Linux; little- and big-endian machines; 32- and 64-bit machines; PHP 5.3 through 5.6 (versions prior to 1.6 also support PHP 5.2).

This » PECL extension is not bundled with PHP.

Manual Installation

For driver developers and people interested in the latest bugfixes, you can compile the driver from the latest source code on » Github. Go to Github and click the "download" button. Then run:

$ tar zxvf mongodb-mongodb-php-driver-<commit_id>.tar.gz
$ cd mongodb-mongodb-php-driver-<commit_id>
$ phpize
$ ./configure
$ make all
$ sudo make install

Make the following changes to php.ini:

Installing on *NIX


$ sudo pecl install mongo

If you are using CentOS or Redhat, you may wish to install from an » RPM.

Add the following line to your php.ini file:

If pecl runs out of memory while installing, make sure memory_limit in php.ini is set to at least 128MB.

Installing on Windows

Precompiled binaries for each release are available from » PECL for a variety of combinations of versions, thread safety, and VC libraries. Unzip the archive and put php_mongo.dll in your PHP extension directory ("ext" by default).

Add the following line to your php.ini file:


Note: Additional DLL dependencies for Windows Users

In order for this extension to work, there are DLL files that must be available to the Windows system PATH. For information on how to do this, see the FAQ entitled "How do I add my PHP directory to the PATH on Windows". Although copying DLL files from the PHP folder into the Windows system directory also works (because the system directory is by default in the system's PATH), this is not recommended. This extension requires the following files to be in the PATH: libsasl.dll


In most cases installing from pecl is the easiest way:

$ sudo pecl install mongo

If you are using » Homebrew, the PHP tap includes formulae for the driver. For example, you might install the driver for PHP 5.6 using the following command:

$ brew install php56-mongo

If you are using » XAMPP, note that it has its own pecl binary and php.ini configuration. You should be able to install the driver with the following command:

$ sudo /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/bin/pecl install mongo

Note: Xcode dependency for compiling on OS X

Compiling the driver on OS X will require Xcode developer tools, which may be installed with xcode-select --install. If that command is not available, you may first need to install the » Command Line Tools package.


Gentoo has a package for the PHP PECL driver called dev-php/pecl-mongo, which can be installed with:

$ sudo emerge -va dev-php/pecl-mongo

If you use PECL, you may get an error that libtool is the wrong version. Compiling from source you'll need to run aclocal and autoconf.

$ phpize
$ aclocal 
$ autoconf 
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Red Hat

This includes Fedora and CentOS.

The default Apache settings on these systems do not let requests make network connections, meaning that the driver will get "Permission denied" errors when it tries to connect to the database. If you run into this, try running:

$ /usr/sbin/setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1
Then restart Apache. (This issue has also occurred with SELinux.)

Third-Party Installation Instructions

A number of people have created excellent tutorials on installing the PHP driver.

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