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Installing PHP versions on Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)

Installing PHP versions on Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9+) and Higher

Using Homebrew, Homebrew-PHP and the RVM-like brew-php-switcher you can easily switch between multiple installed versions of PHP on your OS X machine (Mavericks 10.9 to El-Capitan 10.11).

Install the command line tools

    xcode-select --install # install the command line tools, if missing

Install Homebrew

    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
    brew update && brew doctor

Install Multiple PHP versions

    brew tap homebrew/dupes
    brew tap homebrew/versions
    brew tap homebrew/homebrew-php
    brew update
    brew install php53
    brew install php54
    brew install php55
    brew install brew-php-switcher
    brew-php-switcher 55
    php -v # verify that it is PHP 5.5
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rbotzer commented Sep 5, 2014

Thanks to philcook and the Homebrew crew!

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